Cohen was released on furlough from Federal Correctional Institute Otisville Thursday morning to stay at home with his wife, Laura Shusterman, and their children.
Wearing a white surgical mask, blue jeans and a dark blazer, Cohen emerged from a Mercedes and walked into his Manhattan apartment building without responding to questions from waiting journalists.
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Cohen, 53, was sentenced to three years behind bars for what a federal judge called a "veritable smorgasbord" of criminal conduct, including making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, lying to Congress about the president's business dealings with Russian Federation and failing to report millions of dollars in income.
Cohen pleaded guilty to the charges that led to his imprisonment. Cohen has called Trump a "racist", a "con man" and "a cheat".
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 almost impossible behind bars. BOP officials said last week that more than 2,400 inmates had been moved into home confinement since Attorney General Bill Barr ordered the agency to increase the practice. Otisville is not one of those facilities. Inmates told the outlet that there have been a number of power outages that make for unsafe conditions and also discourage them from venturing to wash their hands in the community washroom - a necessary practice to combat the novel coronavirus.
The Bureau of Prisons [BOP] has placed Cohen on furlough as it continued to process a move to home confinement, the person familiar with the matter said.
A federal judge had denied Cohen's attempt for an early release to home confinement after serving 10 months in prison and said in a ruling earlier this month that it "appears to be just another effort to inject himself into the news cycle".