Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for Donald Trump turned whistleblower, will be released from home confinement on Monday.
Cohen, 55, has served a three-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress in 2018 about Trump’s election campaign’s connection to Russia.
‘I am done Sunday night,’ Cohen told CBS on its America: Changed Forever podcast. ‘This has not been a short stint, even in home confinement for me. I will now have served my time.’
Cohen gained national notoriety after testifying before Congress in 2019 about the possible collusion between former President Trump and Russia and later publishing a best-selling memoir, Disloyal, about his time working for Trump.
Michael Cohen will be free from confinement after spending three years under arrest in prison and at home in his New York City apartment
Cohen had served as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer before turning on the former president following his arrest in 2018
Cohen had testified before Congress about Trump’s possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election
Cohen, who lives in Manhattan, had spent 13 months in federal prison following his sentence before transferring to house arrest in early 2020 due to the pandemic.
He was taken back to prison in July 2020, but a federal judge then ruled that he be placed under house arrest, again, following a lawsuit Cohen filed alleging that he was ‘unjustly re-imprisoned.’
‘I am extremely close and I am extremely thankful that I will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving out of my home,’ he said.
Cohen added that he has managed to keep himself busy through podcasting, writing, exercising and going on walks at nearby parks allowed under his confinement terms.
‘The most important thing is that you actually keep yourself busy, that you schedule yourself,’ he told CBS. ‘I’m just trying to keep myself busy until I’m free to really start my life all over again.’
Cohen said he was allowed to take walks in parks as part of his confinement. He is pictured resting on a bench in NYC’s Central Park on September 2020
During his sentence, Cohen published a best-selling memoir about his time working under former President Donald Trump
Cohen was Trump’s long-time personal attorney, self-described fixer and attack dog for the best part of a decade.
He steered the man he called ‘the Boss’ through multiple scandals, including alleged affairs with porn star Stormy Daniels and the Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Cohen ended up paying $130,000 to Daniels for her silence, an illegal campaign expense that landed him in jail.
In his book, he describes Trump as a cheat, liar, fraud, bully, racist and predator.
Cohen says he was bewitched by the real estate mogul and became drunk on a potent cocktail of power and celebrity – comparing himself to Gollum from The Lord of the Rings.
Cohen has since turned vocal in his contempt for Trump, whom he blames for his fall from grace.
He steered the man he called ‘the Boss’ through multiple scandals including alleged affairs with porn star Stormy Daniels (left) and the Playboy model Karen McDougal (right)
He started a podcast while in confinement called Mea Culpa on the heels of his 2020 book, ‘Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump’, which shot to number one in the New York Times bestseller list.
Staunch Trump critics Rosie O’Donnell, former White House Director of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci and Trump’s fired aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, to name but a few, have appeared on his show, which is run in a partnership between Audio Up Media and MeidasTouch.
Cohen has also been among the most vocal opponents of a Trump 2024 campaign, waring that if Trump Is re-elected, he would try to secure two more terms.
‘He doesn’t want to be president, he wants to be the king. He wants to be a dictator.
‘He acted the same way in the Trump world, but you are talking being a CEO of a company versus the king of the country.’