President Donald Trump‘s former attorney, Michael Cohen, will not be released from prison early, despite previously being told he would leave due to coronavirus fears.
Last month, Cohen was granted an early release from the federal prison in Otisville, New York, with the remainder of his three-year sentence scheduled to be completed under home confinement.
At the time that he was granted home release, 14 inmates and seven staff members had tested positive for Covid-19 at the prison, according to CNN.
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Cohen completed the 14-day mandatory quarantine that was implemented for those being released from prison during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, sources familiar with Cohen’s situation, told ABC on Friday that his early release has been rescinded.
The outlet also reported that other inmates who were scheduled to be released at the same time as the disgraced attorney, have also had their offers cancelled.
Cohen’s lawyer, Roger Adler, told CNBC: “I am disappointed that Michael was not released after the 14-day quarantine period.
“It is my understanding that compassionate release applications are being reviewed by the BOP central office,” he said. “It is my hope that following that review that Michael Cohen will be released either on a furlough, or transferred to home confinement.”
Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to tax evasion and campaign finance violations, and reported to prison on 6 May 2019.
Mr Trump’s former attorney claimed he violated campaign finance rules under the direction of the president, “for the principal purpose of influencing” the 2016 presidential election. The president denies these claims.
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