Michael Cohen gets out of jail early because of the coronavirus

Michael Cohen gets out of jail early because of the coronavirus

Donald Trump's lawyer and long-time fixer Michael Cohen will be released early due to the risk of coronavirus.

Cohen will spend the remainder of his three-year term in house detention, which means he will be allowed to leave the house in November 2021.

Prisoners are released early by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading behind bars.

Cohen is currently housed at the Otisville Satellite Camp, an Upstate New York federal prison, which is medium security.

He will be in quarantine for two weeks before his release May 1.

Otisville is considered among the "cushiest" jails in America, a regular destination for white collar criminals.

Many inmates working alongside Cohen included Billy McFarland, promoter of the Fyre Festival, and Sorrentino, Mike "The Situation" from Jersey Shore. There are some outdoor sports at the camp: weights, cardio equipment, bocce ball and horseshoes.

This also has a basketball court, tennis court, baseball field, and sports and walking areas.

Why did Michael Cohen go to jail?

Cohen was sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty to illegal hush payments to lovers of Mr Trump.

Donald Trump and Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels. (Myspace)

The payments were made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, the porn star and Playboy model, so they would not disclose their affairs to Mr Trump.

Prosecutors said the payments were made under Mr Trump's control, who under federal law could not be prosecuted as president.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a contract Mr Trump was reportedly negotiating to build a Moscow skyscraper in 2016.

Mr Trump has called him "a weak person" since Cohen pleaded guilty.

"Michael Cohen is lying and he's trying to get a reduced sentence," the president said.

He also pleaded guilty to tax and bank fraud charges.

Cohen was one of the longest serving associates of Mr Trump, dating way back to the time when the property tycoon was seeking political office.

Many other Trump allies, including campaign chair Paul Manafort, co-chair Rick Gates and advisers Roger Stone and George Papadopoulos, have been imprisoned in the recent years.

Hundreds of federal prisoners have contracted COVID-19, placing considerable pressure on the health-care capability of the system.

Many more, like the Hollywood producer and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein, have contracted the virus in state-run jails.

Image: President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits Manhattan Federal Court in New York City on Wednesday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI