Michael Cohen, a former lawyer and corrector for Donald Trump, says he deserves an early release from house arrest under Trump’s signature reform – but federal officials are refusing to lend him good behavior and hundreds of hours of work and prison courses.
Cohen filed court documents on Monday claiming he was “eligible to be released in weeks or months” under the first step of a major criminal justice reform law that Trump signed into law in 2018.
Cohen, one of Trump’s closest advisers, was sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion, campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. His allegations include plotting to pay two women to avoid speaking publicly about the allegations with Trump.
Cohen was scheduled to remain in prison until November 2021, but was jailed in May as part of an effort to slow the spread of Govt-19 in federal prisons.
Cohen, in a letter to the U.S. Prisons Bureau last week, said he was “not entitled to any credit for the work he did at FCI Odysville, a New York prison where he worked for more than a year.”
Cohen said the letter left him “at a loss” and did not address the time credits due under the First Amendment Act, which encourages inmates to participate with the aim of reducing reconsideration.
“This absurd response of the government is nothing but a stone wall trick,” Cohen filed. “He has already done a great job of surpassing his release date,” he added.
The prison bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Following his initial release, Cohen returned to prison in July for two weeks.
Prison officials said Cohen refused to sign the regular letters. Cohen said the prison system should agree not to recall a single word before the November presidential election. He was sent back to his Manhattan apartment after a judge ruled he had retaliated.
Cohen published his book Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Advocate to President Donald J. Trump in September. It Made by Some activities A great seller.
He also presents a political podcast, MEA Gulpa.