Former President Trump’s ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen was officially freed from his prison sentence on Monday, CNN report,
why it matters: Cohen received a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to nine federal crimes, including lying to Congress in the Mueller investigation and campaign finance violations related to payments that facilitated two women who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with Trump. Had it.
- Cohen spent some of his time in prison in early 2019, but he spent the last year under house arrest in his New York apartment.
what is he saying: Cohen will be subject to supervised release for three years, he told reporters outside the New York Federal Courthouse, according to CNN.
- Cohen said, “My release today does in no way negate the actions that I did under the direction of Donald J. Trump and for his benefit.”
- “But this does not negate the behavior of the Department of Justice, Bill Barr, Southern District of New York prosecutors, Judge William H. Pauley Third, or Donald himself in my initial incarceration and prosecution.”
- “I will continue to provide information, evidence, documents and my full support to all ongoing investigations to ensure that others are held accountable for their dirty deeds and that no one is held above the law,” he said.
big picture: Cohen remained loyal to Trump until the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room at the Regency in New York in April 2018.
- In a 2019 testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Cohen said Trump was “becoming an autocrat” and claimed that the Trump Organization instilled a culture of intimidating people who could jeopardize Trump’s position.
- “Every day, most of us knew we were coming in and we were going to lie on something for him. And that became the norm… That’s exactly what’s happening in government, sir.”
- Cohen became a registered Democrat in 2018.
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