Opinion| If you told me that Michael Avenatti and Michael Cohen were going to be back in the comfort of their own homes before May 2020 I would have laughed in your face.
If you told me the reason that they were going to be released was that there was a chance that they may get sick in prison I would have laughed in your face … even harder.
Well, Breitbart is reporting:
‘President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen will be released from federal prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement amid the coronavirus pandemic, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.
Cohen is currently locked up at FCI Otisville in New York after pleading guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. He will remain under quarantine for 14 days before he is released. Federal statistics show 14 inmates and seven staff members at the prison have tested positive for coronavirus.
After he is released, Cohen will serve the remainder of his sentence at home, according to the person, who could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Cohen’s release comes as prison advocates and congressional leaders have been pressing the Justice Department for weeks to release at-risk inmates ahead of a potential outbreak, arguing that the public health guidance to stay 6 feet (1.8 meters) away from other people is nearly impossible behind bars.
Attorney General William Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons earlier this month to increase the use of home confinement and expedite the release of eligible high-risk inmates, beginning at three prisons identified as coronavirus hot spots. Otisville is not one of those facilities.
As of Thursday, 473 federal inmates and 279 Bureau of Prisons staff members had tested positive for coronavirus at facilities across the U.S. Eighteen inmates have died since late March.’
Cohen follows in Avenatti’s footsteps as Salon reported:
‘The Trump fixer’s nemesis Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented porn Star Daniels in lawsuits against Cohen and the president, was also released from confinement over coronavirus concerns. Avenatti, who was awaiting sentencing in a Manhattan jail after attempting to extort $25 million from Nike, had petitioned for his release last month, citing a recent case of pneumonia. His freedom will last for 90 days and will require a $1 million bond, a 14-day quarantine period and a monitoring bracelet. Avenatti will endure the pandemic without internet access at a friend’s house in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles.’
How did we get here?