Michael Cohen will be released from prison due to coronavirus

Michael Cohen will be released from prison due to coronavirus

Michael Cohen will be released from prison due to coronavirus

In December 2018, Cohen was sentenced to three years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to numerous charges, including finance fraud for Trump's 2016 campaign, tax fraud, bank fraud and lying to Congress.

Despite a range of steps taken by the bureau, the coronavirus has continued to spread throughout the federal prison system.

Cohen was notified of his release from a federal prison in Otisville, N.Y., Thursday, CNN reported, citing Cohen's lawyer and people familiar. They could not discuss Cohen's release publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Instead, he'll be released any day now, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Otisville is among the facilities affected by the outbreak.

"These are very hard times for people who are running correctional facilities at federal, state and local levels because of the budgets that they have to work with, lack of staffing issues, protecting the safety of staff and inmates - there are just agonizing situations at this time", Adler said.

"Apparently searching for a new argument to justify a modification of his sentence to home confinement, Cohen now raises the specter of COVID-19", Judge William H. Pauley III wrote in the order. The agency said it is a "tremendous logistical lift that was accomplished through the marshalling of all of BOP's resources".

He was scheduled for release in November 2021.

Adler said it was his understanding that Cohen was among a number of inmates that will be released because of the pandemic. Cohen was in upstate NY at Otisville Federal prison. He will first be held for two weeks under quarantine.

A spokesman for the Manhattan US Attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

David Aaro is a Reporter at Fox News Digital based in New York City. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.

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