Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, will serve the rest of his prison term at home. This spread of COVID-19 in prisons led to this decision.
Cohen went to prison for multiple charges including lying to Congress, paying hush money to women who alleged to have affairs with Trump, tax charges, and two campaign finance violations.
President Trump denied having affairs with the women Cohen gave money to.
Released on furlough, Cohen will spend the remainder of his prison sentence at home. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report on Cohen’s release.
Cohen is not the only prisoner leaving prison. The Bureau of Prisons and the Justice Department are releasing droves of non-violent offenders as coronavirus continues to spread behind bars.
Cohen Leaves Prison. How Does Trump Feel?
Cohen’s release was going to take place earlier in the month. However, the agency’s conditions narrowed for an early release during the pandemic.
According to a CNN report early in May, Trump wasn’t pleased with the news of Cohen’s release. The reasoning behind this is quite straightforward. While Cohen was a longtime trusted aide of the President, he implicated Trump and told the federal judge he carried out payments ‘at the direction’ of the president.
Michael Cohen going to prison brought to an end a long investigation by the US Attorney’s Office into the people who helped snuff out damaging claims against Trump
Cohen Working on a Book
Cohen is working on a book which is going to reveal his dealings with the president. An attorney from the Trump organization already served a cease and desist letter to Cohen, asking him to stop work on the book. It appears Cohen may have run out of loyalty for his former boss after going to prison.
The Trump campaign would no doubt hope the book doesn’t land anytime before the general election in November. There is, however, no shortage of critical books on Trump since his presidency began in 2017. Since Cohen was Trump’s close aide, a book coming from him may mean more than the ones that came earlier.
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