Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former lawyer, will serve the rest of his sentence at his home, according to the source, who spoke to the AP.
A former staff attorney for US President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen will be released from federal prison to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest for the pandemic, a person close with the situation told The Associated Press.
Cohen is incarcerated at FCI Otisville in New York, after pleading guilty to various charges, including financial fraud in the election campaign and lying to Congress.
Before his release, he will be quarantined for 14 days. Government statistics show that 14 inmates and seven members of the jail staff tested positive.
The lawyer will serve the rest of his sentence at home, according to the source, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was unable to discuss the matter publicly.
Cohen’s release comes as activists and congressional leaders have been putting pressure on the Justice Department for weeks to allow at-risk prisoners to leave before a possible outbreak of the virus, alleging that public health guidelines maintain a distance of 1.8 meters (six feet) is almost impossible behind bars.
Earlier this month, Attorney General William Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons to increase the use of house arrest and expedite the release of at-risk prisoners who could benefit from this measure, starting with the three prisons identified as outbreaks of contagion. Otisville is not one of them.
How old is Michael Cohen?
He is 53 years old (2020).
Michael Cohen trump: As of Thursday, 473 federal prisoners and 279 prison office workers tested positive for the disease caused by the virus, in prisons across the country.
CNN television was the first to report the granting of house arrest to Cohen. A spokesman for the Manhattan attorney’s office declined to comment, as they cannot tell on the matter.
Who is Michael Cohen
Date of Birth: August 25, 1966 (age 53 years)
Birthplace: Lawrence, New York, United States
Conviction(s): Fraud; perjury
Education: Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, American University, Lawrence Woodmere Academy
Children: Samantha Blake Cohen, Jake Ross Cohen
Who is Michael Cohens wife?
Spouse: Laura Shusterman (m. 1994)
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