Michael Cohen completes prison sentence for Trump-related crimes
New York – Michael Cohen, who was former President Donald Trump’s long-time personal attorney until his arrest in 2018, said on Monday that his three-year prison sentence – most of which he served at home – had ended as he dealt another blow to his former boss and vowed to continue cooperating with his investigation. Law enforcement.
A smiling Cohen walked out of federal court in Manhattan after signing the documents and speaking with authorities about his next three-year period for supervised release.
“I’m feeling great today,” Cohen told a group of camera crews, who alerted his presence in a tweet he sent on Sunday. “It’s too late.”
Cohen was sentenced to prison in December 2018 after pleading guilty to charges of campaign financing and lying to Congress, among other crimes. In all, he spent about 13 and a half months behind prison walls and a year and a half in home confinement. His time was further reduced by good behaviour.
The campaign funding fee came after he helped arrange payments during the 2016 presidential race to prevent porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal from making public allegations about extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump denied these matters.
Trump was implicated at the time on charges of campaign financing, as he did again on Monday when he said his release from the home “does not in any way negate the actions I took at the direction and in favor of Donald J. Trump.”
He said he was “aware of my responsibilities” and “I will not stop my commitment to law enforcement.”
“I will continue to provide information, testimonies and documents and my full cooperation in all ongoing investigations to ensure that others are held accountable for their filthy actions and that no one is believed to be above the law,” Cohen said.
Before the sentencing, Cohen attempted leniency, saying he had cooperated fully with prosecutors, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible foreign influence in the 2016 election.
Jenny Ray, one of Mueller’s attorneys general, said in court that Cohen “provided consistent and credible information on the core issues relating to Russia under investigation.” But federal prosecutors in Manhattan said he did not fully commit to cooperating with them and did not receive a significant reduction in his sentence.
Cohen, who presented to prison in May 2019, was released to home confinement about a year later as authorities released low-security prisoners during the coronavirus outbreak in federal prisons.
He was sent back to prison weeks later before a judge ordered him back to home confinement, saying his return to prison was clearly intended to punish him for his plan to publish his book, Traitor: The True Story of Michael Cohen, President Donald J. Trump’s Ex-Personal Advocate.
“How can I take any conclusion other than that it is my revenge?” Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said. Prosecutors insisted that Probation Department officers were unaware of the book when they wrote a home confinement clause severely restricting Cohen’s public communications.
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