Michael Cohen does not deserve early release from prison due to coronavirus, prosecutors wrote Monday, rejecting the latest bid for a break from President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer.
Cohen wrote a letter filed in Manhattan federal court last week arguing he and other inmates were at “enhanced risk of catching coronavirus” because of the outbreak risks posed by incarceration.
Trump’s former attorney is serving a three-year sentence for evading taxes, lying to Congress, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. He’s scheduled to be released on Nov. 22, 2021.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William McKay wrote there was no basis for Cohen’s request.
“Cohen has not even attempted to argue that he is uniquely at risk as compared to other inmates. Nor could he: He is 53 years old and in good health,” McKay wrote. “As such, Cohen’s claim applies equally to every inmate in the (Bureau of Prison’s) care (or at least every non-violent inmate).”
Cohen is pursuing a separate effort to have his sentence reduced to a year and a day because he attempted to co-operate with prosecutors.
The feds never credited Cohen with co-operation because he did not admit to all the crimes he committed and prosecutors doubted his honesty.
The Bureau of Prisons has taken a number of steps to prevent an outbreak behind bars, including suspension of all inmate and family visits. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Otisville Federal Correctional Institution, where Cohen is serving his sentence.
Once a devoted follower who bullied Trump’s many enemies, Cohen flipped on the president in 2018 during special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference and an inquiry into Trump’s hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.
Judge William Pauley has yet to rule on Cohen’s requests.
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