Michael Cohen cites 'absence of presidential leadership' over coronavirus in effort to move to home confinement

Michael Cohen cites 'absence of presidential leadership' over coronavirus in effort to move to home confinement
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Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenProsecutor: Avenatti stole from Stormy Daniels, lied to cover up scheme Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Melania Trump announces new line of NFTs MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE's former personal attorney, asked a federal judge on Tuesday to allow him to serve his three-year prison sentence in home confinement because of how unsafe prison facilities are during the coronavirus pandemic and criticized his former boss's handling of the crisis.

Roger Bennet Adler, Cohen's lawyer, wrote in a letter to Judge William H. Pauley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is "demonstrably incapable of safeguarding and treating B.O.P. inmates who are obliged to live in close quarters and are at an enhanced risk of catching coronavirus.”

“In the absence of Presidential leadership, judges should act thoughtfully and decisively," Adler wrote. "President Trump apparently does not subscribe to President Harry Truman’s observation ‘The buck stops here.’ ”

Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, fraud and other charges in part connected to his role making improper payments to two women to buy their silence about alleged affairs they had with Trump.

The Bureau of Prisons announced last week that it would be suspending almost all inmate visits, inmate transfers and staff travel and training for 30 days to mitigate the spread of the virus among prisoners and corrections officers.