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Michael Cohen Released Early From Prison Thursday

Michael Cohen's been serving his three-year sentence for campaign finance violations and other crimes at a federal prison in New York.
Posted at 11:01 AM, May 21, 2020

Michael Cohen was released early from prison Thursday, his lawyer told The Washington Post.  

Cohen is President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer. He's been serving his three-year sentence for financial crimes, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress at a federal correctional facility in New York. 

Cohen's lawyer asked a Manhattan federal judge back in March to transfer his client to home confinement. He argued that the Federal Bureau of Prisons is "demonstrably incapable of safeguarding and treating B.O.P. inmates who are obliged to live in close quarters and are at an enhanced risk of catching coronavirus."

The judge denied Cohen's request. But Attorney General William Barr later directed the Bureau of Prisons to release certain nonviolent and "vulnerable inmates" to home confinement to prevent further coronavirus infections within the prison population. 

An unnamed source told the Associated Press that Cohen was released on furlough pending a formal transition to home confinement, where he's expected to serve out the remainder of his sentence. He'd been previously due to leave prison in November 2021. 

Additional reporting by Michael Balsamo of the Associated Press .Contains footage from CNN