May 21 (UPI) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump‘s former personal attorney, will be released from prison Thursday to serve the remainder of his sentence at home due to risks associated with the coronavirus outbreak, according to news reports.
Cohen will be placed on furlough while he completes the transfer process, CNN’s report said.
Cohen has been in a New York prison since he was sentenced 12 months ago to three years in prison for lying to Congress, tax charges and campaign finance charges. Defense attorney Roger Adler said last month Cohen would be released May 1.
Cohen pleaded guilty to arranging a hush money scheme in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign to pay two women who said they had affairs with Trump.
It was decided late Wednesday that Cohen would serve the rest of his time at home due to the pandemic. His attorneys had argued the coronavirus disease posed a threat to Cohen due to its spread in the prison system.
The Justice Department and Bureau of Prisons has already released a number of non-violent and at-risk inmates early, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was transferred last week.
A federal judge initially rejected Cohen’s request to be released in March after Adler said he’d been hospitalized twice and has a pre-existing pulmonary condition, which health experts say can make the coronavirus much more serious. Adler said Wednesday Cohen’s compassion release application had now been “viewed favorably.”