Ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen to serve out prison term at home

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He will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine at the prison camp before he is released.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has notified Michael Cohen that he will be released early from prison due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Cohen's attorney, Roger Adler, and sources familiar with the matter.

CNN and Reuters reported on Thursday evening that Cohen, who has served less than a year, will soon be released and serve the rest of his three-year prison sentence for campaign finance violations and tax evasion in his home.

Prison advocates and congressional leaders have been pressing the Justice Department for weeks to release at-risk inmates ahead of a potential outbreak, arguing that the public health guidance to stay 6 feet (1.8 meters) away from other people is almost impossible behind bars.

Cohen will be able to finish out his sentence in home confinement, according to reports.

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Cohen, 53, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2018 after pleading guilty to making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, and lying to Congress about the president's business relationships in Russian Federation. Last month, his attorney wrote to a judge that the Bureau of Prisons was "demonstrably incapable of safeguarding and treating B.O.P. inmates" during the coronavirus pandemic, and asked that Cohen be moved to home confinement. There are more than 143,000 federal prisoners in the United States. But the Bureau of Prisons can take action to move him to home confinement without a judicial order.

Michael Cohen, now serving a three-year sentence related to "hush money" payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, among other things, was scheduled to be released in November of next year.

Other high-profile inmates have also been released as the number of coronavirus cases soars. The Bureau of Prisons has received heavy criticism for its poor response to coronavirus.

Formerly a hardline loyalist to Trump, Cohen flipped on the President in 2018 amid the fallout over the hush payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

A spokesman for the Manhattan US Attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cohen was in upstate NY at Otisville Federal prison.

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