Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to be released after serving three-year sentence

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Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen will be released Monday after serving a three-year sentence divided between home incarceration and federal prison for tax evasion and campaign finance violations.

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Mr. Cohen, 55, who served as the Trump Organization’s vice president and Mr. Trump’s personal counsel, pleaded guilty in August 2018 to eight charges including campaign finance violations, tax fraud and bank fraud. In November of the same year, he filed another guilty plea for lying to Congress. He was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2018 and was banned by the New York Supreme Court in 2019.

“I’m doing it Sunday night,” Mr. Cohen told Jeff Peggs in an interview on the CBS News podcast. America: Forever Changed on Saturday. “First thing on Monday morning I’ll drive myself to 500, Pearl Street, where I’ll bring my release papers, I’m not 100 percent sure on which floor they’re executed and then I’m released.”

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“I am very close and I am extremely grateful that I will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving outside my home,” said Mr. Cohen. “But I have been imprisoned in the house for 18 months which is very difficult.”

On Monday, Mr Cohen posted a photo of himself in a vehicle, with an envelope containing those papers.

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“After all, this is what freedom looks like!” He has written.

Mr Cohen reported to federal prison in May 2019 but was released in May 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. He was asked to serve the remainder of his sentence at home during the coronavirus pandemic. He was briefly taken back to prison in July 2020 after being denied the terms of home confinement.

A few weeks later, he was sent back to home confinement after a lawsuit was filed alleging that he had been imprisoned again. A federal judge ruled that his re-imprisonment in July 2020 was government retaliation for Mr Cohen’s proposed provision of home confinement, which would have severely restricted his public communications.

The former president’s lawyer said he has kept himself busy with his podcasts, writing and outings. “The most important thing is that you really keep yourself busy, that you schedule yourself,” Mr Cohen said. “I’m just trying to keep myself busy until I’m really free to start my life again.”

Mr Cohen admitted to sending money to adult film star Stormy Daniels lazy Playmate Karen McDougall for her alleged affairs with the former president. He also admitted to lying to lawmakers about his efforts to secure funding from the Russian government for the Trump development project in Moscow. He was ordered to pay approximately $2m in fines, forfeiture and restitution.

After his sentencing in 2018, Mr Cohen said it was his “blind allegiance” to Mr Trump that prompted him to “choose the path of darkness over light”.,

Mr Cohen’s association with the former president began in 2006 after Mr Trump’s successful tenure on the television show learner. He served as Mr Trump’s personal counsel between 2006 and 2018 and was considered a close aide of the former president.

In September 2020, he released a “tell-all” book about Mr Trump, titled Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Michael Cohen

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