President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen says he deserves an early release from home confinement
Once one of Trump’s closest advisers, Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion, campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. His convictions included orchestrating payments to two women to keep them from talking publicly about alleged affairs with Trump.
Cohen had been scheduled to remain in prison until next November, but was released in May to serve the remainder of his sentence at home as part of an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in federal prisons.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Cohen said, told him in a letter last week that he is “not entitled to any credits for his work performed at FCI Otisville,” the federal lockup in New York where he served more than a year.
Cohen said the letter left him “at a loss” and did not address time credits owed to him under the First Step Act, which encourages inmates to participate in programs aimed at reducing recidivism.
“This absurd response by the government is nothing more than a stonewall tactic,” Cohen wrote in the filings. It’s possible, he added, “that he has already served well past his release date.”
The Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to a request for comment.