President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen was released from federal prison on Thursday morning and will serve the remainder of his sentence at home to avoid the risk of contracting the coronavirus. Not long after Cohen was seen arriving in a sedan at his Manhattan apartment wearing a mask, ballcap, jeans, and a blazer, he hopped on Twitter.
The former Trump fixer had been serving a sentence at a facility in Otisville, New York, for his role in hush-money payments to women who alleged they’d had affairs with Trump. Cohen famously turned on Trump during his testimony to House Democrats last year, and his release is likely to rile the president, as he is writing a tell-all book about his time with him. He’s the latest high-profile inmate to be sent home as the coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the federal prison system. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released last week, and Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented Stormy Daniels in suits against Trump, was freed from a federal jail.