Michael Cohen's stunning guilty plea last week ended months of speculation about the fate of President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer.
And now, as Cohen waits for his sentencing hearing set for December, a source familiar with his thinking says "resignation" would be a fitting word to describe the 52-year-old's mindset -- acceptance that he is headed to prison in order to protect his family.
"He's very resigned to doing the time. He's resigned to the fact that he's going to go to jail for some time," the person said, adding that Cohen does not believe he will receive a presidential pardon from Trump.
Cohen's dramatic downfall -- in which he pleaded guilty to eight counts of tax evasion, making false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations in the criminal investigation in New York -- represented a staggering public acknowledgment of what some individuals close to Cohen say they've privately known for a while: It had become clear that he simply could not keep fighting.
One friend of Cohen's told CNN that over the course of the past few months, they saw Cohen's outlook on his legal troubles shift.
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