Cohen released from federal prison to home confinement due to coronavirus concerns
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President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE’s former personal attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenManhattan DA expands probe into Trump company to include family estate: report Michael Cohen interviewed by prosecutors about Trump's finances Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen foreword for impeachment book MORE was released from federal prison to home confinement Thursday because of the Justice Department’s efforts to reduce the number of inmates in prisons amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Cohen confirmed his release in a tweet, saying he is "so glad to be home and back with my family."

"There is so much I want to say and intend to say. But now is not the right time," he posted. "Soon. Thank you to all my friends and supporters."


Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Sue Allison confirmed to The Hill that Cohen left New York's FCI Otisville Thursday morning "on furlough pending processing for home confinement."

Cohen’s lawyer Jeffrey Levine said he spoke to the president’s former attorney at 9 a.m. and will likely issue a statement after speaking with him more, The Washington Post reported

Trump’s former “fixer” became involved in several federal investigations and cooperated with investigators who were looking into Trump. The attorney ended up testifying before Congress about the president’s alleged wrongdoings last year.

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to two different criminal cases: one involving campaign finance violations with payments to women who allegedly had affairs with Trump before the 2016 election and the other involving lying to Congress about a Russian real estate project that Trump was working on while running for president.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison starting in May 2019. He attempted to apply for early release in March because of the coronavirus pandemic but was rejected. 

However, Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr told Trump that theories about stolen election were 'bulls---': report Justice Dept. blasts Mexico's decision to close probe of former defense minister Acting attorney general condemns Capitol riots, warns 'no tolerance' for violence at Biden inauguration MORE announced that prison officials could release prisoners without judicial approval in an effort to reduce the prison populations, which gave Cohen another chance to be released. Fourteen inmates and seven workers had tested positive at the prison where Cohen was kept. 

CNN reported on Wednesday that Cohen was expected to be released later in the week.

Cohen is not the only high-profile prisoner to be sent to home confinement during the coronavirus pandemic, as Michael Avenatti, the former attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump preparing another 100 pardons, commutations before leaving office: reports No pardon for Trump Michael Cohen predicts people Trump pardoned may testify against him MORE were also released.

Updated: 4:15 p.m.