President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is to be released from an upstate federal prison camp that is closing because of coronavirus, a source familiar with the matter said Thursday night.
Cohen, 53, is to be freed from the federal prison camp associated with the FCI Otisville prison, the source told the Daily News. Cohen’s release was first reported by CNN.
Cohen will be allowed to serve the rest of his sentence under home confinement, the news network said.
A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson could not confirm that Cohen would be released, and Cohen was still listed as a prisoner on the Bureau of Prisons website late Thursday.
Cohen is serving a three-year sentence for evading taxes, lying to Congress, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. He had been scheduled to be released in November 2021.
The release, if confirmed, would be a turnaround in Cohen’s prison situation.
A judge on March 24 denied Cohen’s request to be released out of fear he might contract coronavirus. A week ago, his lawyers reported that he’d been moved to the Otisville prison’s Special Housing Unit after he got into a verbal altercation with another inmate.
Otisville houses 666 inmates, including 555 at the main, medium-security prison and another 111 at the adjacent minimum security satellite camp.