Former Trump ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen finishes prison sentence

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Donald Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen officially ended his prison sentence on Monday but vowed to cooperate with the investigation of his former boss and his aides.

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“I will not abdicate my commitment to law enforcement. I will continue to provide information, testimony, documents and my full cooperation on all ongoing investigations to ensure that others are held accountable for their dirty deeds.” Cohen told reporters outside Federal Court in New York City after his sentence officially ended.

Cohen, who was Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, pleaded guilty in 2018 to multiple charges related to tax evasion, as well as lying to Congress in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and funneling payments for silencing two women. blamed for the role. Alleged that he had an affair with Trump.

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At the time of his sentencing, federal prosecutors in New York said that Cohen did not fully cooperate with his office after pleading guilty, adding that he was not interested in providing necessary background on his possible criminal history and cooperation in other investigations. Fell for “too little”.

He was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of supervised release followed by three years.

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Once known for his fierce loyalty to Trump, he turned on his former boss in dramatic testimony before Congress, where he declared, “I am no longer protecting Mr. Trump.” They dubbed him a “thief man” and a “cheat”.

Cohen, who has cooperated with several investigations into Trump since his guilty plea, was released from prison last year over concerns about Covid.

In July 2020, Cohen was taken back into custody and sent to prison. But a federal judge ordered his release to home confinement days later, after the judge agreed with Cohen’s lawyers that he had been unfairly sent back to prison after Trump made a public statement.

He was briefly sent back behind bars because, federal officials said, he refused to agree to some of the terms of his release. A judge ordered his release, finding the action “retaliatory” because he was planning to write a book about Trump.

Once Cohen was released again, he continued to enjoy his limited freedoms by dining in Manhattan, including coffee with kanye west, and hosting a podcast.

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