Former Trump lawyer Cohen released from federal detention for coronavirus concerns

Cohen is serving a three year sentence for campaign finance fraud and other charges

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Michael Cohen leaving his New York apartment in May 2019
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Last Updated:
May 21, 2020 - 1:32pm

President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was released Thursday from federal prison, amid coronavirus concerns, and will serve the remainder of his three-year sentence at home.

Cohen – the New York lawyer who once said he’d “take a bullet” for Trump before turning on the president  – pleaded guilty in 2018 to several federal charges including campaign finance fraud. 

The charges also relate to Cohen making secret payments to women who claimed she had affairs with Trump, lying to Congress and failing to report millions of dollars in income. 

Cohen will spend the remainder of his sentence at home, upon his release from a federal lockup in New York, where he has already served about one year. 

Cohen’s lawyers have asked that their 53-year-old client be released, amid concerns about the fast-spreading virus in such close quarters as jails and prisons.