Michael Cohen released from home confinement

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Michael Cohen released from home confinement

Michael Cohen was released from home confinement restrictions Monday morning — as he vowed to continue to hand over information about “dirty deeds,” he said outside Manhattan federal court. 

Former President Donald Trump’s ex-personal attorney was released from federal prison on furlough in May 2020 after serving more than a year of a three-year sentence for tax evasion, bank fraud and lying to Congress. 

He was placed on home confinement after being cut loose from Otisville Correctional Facility as part of an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 behind bars. 

Speaking to reporters outside the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan on Monday, Cohen vowed that he would continue to provide information about alleged crimes of which he has knowledge. 

“I will continue to provide information, testimony, documents and my full cooperation on all ongoing investigations to ensure others are held responsible for their dirty deeds,” he said. 

Cohen said his release does not “negate” the crimes he committed, which he claimed were at the direction of Trump, yet slammed prosecutors, the Justice Department and the deceased judge who sentenced him to prison. 

Michael Cohen.
Michael Cohen was placed on home confinement after being released from Otisville Correctional Facility as part of an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in prisons.
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Michael Cohen.
Michael Cohen said his release does not “negate” the crimes he committed and vowed his continued cooperation with authorities.
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“My release today … also does not negate the behavior of the Justice Department, [Trump’s Attorney General] Bill Barr, the Southern District of New York prosecutors, Judge William H. Pauley III or Donald himself in my initial incarceration and prosecution,” he said. 

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in 2018, in part for arranging hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal, who claimed they slept with Trump. The former president has denied the relationships.    

In July 2020, Cohen was briefly sent back to prison after The Post photographed him dining out in Manhattan while he was still on home confinement. 

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Michael Cohen served as former President Donald Trump’s attorney and arranged hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal.
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A judge sprang Cohen days later, ruling that the disgraced attorney was being retaliated against for exercising his First Amendment rights by promoting on social media a tell-all book he was writing about his experiences with Trump. 

On Monday, Cohen slammed the Justice Department for that fiasco, calling it an “unconstitutional action.” 

As he walked away from the courthouse, he said he feels “great” to be a free man — and that he intends to go out with his family for Thanksgiving.

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