Michael Cohen, who was former president Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer until his 2018 arrest, says that his three-year prison sentence — mostly spent in home confinement — is over, as he takes another swipe at his former boss, and vows to continue cooperating with law enforcement probes.
A smiling Cohen emerged from Manhattan federal court after signing documents and speaking with authorities about his upcoming three-year term of supervised release.
“I feel great today. It’s been long overdue,” Cohen says to a collection of camera crews alerted to his presence by a tweet he had sent Sunday.
Cohen was sentenced to prison in December 2018, after pleading guilty to campaign finance charges and lying to Congress, among other crimes. In all, he spent about 13 1/2 months behind prison walls and a year and a half in home confinement. His time was further reduced through good behavior.
The campaign finance charges came after he helped arrange payouts during the 2016 presidential race to keep the porn actor Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal from making public claims of extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.
Cohen implicated Trump at the time, in the campaign finance charges, as he did again on Monday, when he said that his release from home confinement “in no way negates the actions I took at the direction of and for the benefit of Donald J. Trump.”
He says he was “cognizant of my responsibilities” and “will not cease my commitment to law enforcement.”
“I will continue to provide information, testimony, documents, and my full cooperation on all ongoing investigations to ensure that others are held responsible for their dirty deeds and that no one is ever believed to be above the law,” Cohen says.