Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen’s days as a free-man are numbered. The former “fixer” for the current president, is scheduled to begin serving his 3-year prison sentence on May 6th. Cohen will be headed to FCI Otisville.
CNN (@cnn) reported, Cohen requested to be sent to the prison when he was sentenced by District Judge William Pauley. Cohen allegedly requested Otisville because of its proximity to New York City. Otisville is located in Upstate New York, and is likely one of the closest low-security federal prisons systems to the city. That’s a good thing if your family lives in New York City. It’s better than being sent clear across the country to Texas or South Carolina or something. So, that may be one legitimate reason Cohen wanted to go to Otisville. The other reason is because Otisville has become known among federal prisoners as one of the best places to do your time at. When someone in the system says “best” they usually mean least violent. The unknown is always fearful. Cohen has never been to prison in his life. But the truth of the matter is, practically every low-custody or satellite camp in the federal prison system is the “best.” Low custody prisons are not really for violent inmates. You have a lot of people who have been convicted for white collar crimes, drug crimes, non-violent gun crimes and plenty others. If your criminal record or current crime has some violence involved, you are more likely to end up in a medium custody facility or penitentiary. Don’t get me wrong, THAT IS NOT A RULE THAT IS SET IN STONE. You do have some violent offenders who are sent to low custody prisons. But most are likely serving a sentence of less than 20-years, so it’s not like they’ll be in there looking to kill anyone. They have a release date. The people with no release date are the people you need to be concerned about. You’ll likely find them in medium custody facilities or the penitentiary. Those jokers ain’t got nothing to lose. Now I’m not saying that Cohen, or any other inmate can’t get punched in the face or beat up at a low-custody facility…..but it’s prison, not a freakin’ amusement park. What did you expect? I’m just saying that the likelihood of someone trying to kill Michael Cohen is very low, even given the fact he will be labeled a “rat” the second he steps foot through the prisons doors. Low custody time would’ve probably been smooth time no matter where Cohen was sent to serve his prison sentence. But like I said earlier, the fear of the unknown is always a scary thing. But I’ve personally heard from many people that, if you had to serve some federal time, Otisville is not a bad spot to land at.
Former Trump personal attorney, Michael Cohen is reportedly in the process of copping a plea with the FEDS on Tuesday afternoon.
ABC News (@ABCNews) reported, the alleged plea deal involves crimes that Michael Cohen were personally involved in. ABC reported that the plea deal does include some jail time.
Michael Cohen had reportedly been under federal investigation for months, but no charges had been filed. At the moment, any comment about what Cohen will be charged with is strictly “guess-work”, as there has been no official word of charges as of yet. There is a court proceeding scheduled for 4pm Tuesday afternoon, in front of a federal judge. (About two hours from the time this is written). Legal analyst predict prosecutors will announce charges against Cohen at that time, or announce the plea deal. **Will update this post after the 4pm court appearance**
Michael Cohen plead guilty to 8 counts altogether. Michael Cohen also said in court that he made illegal campaign contributions “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.” Michael Cohen’s sentencing date has been set for December 12th.
Did you catch Saturday Night Live last night? If you didn’t, you probably missed one of the greatest trolling sketches of all time in this SNL sketch titled “Michael Cohen Wiretap.” If you missed it last night, don’t worry. You can check it out right here:
Video Courtesy: Saturday Night Live
Federal investigators wiretapped the phones lines of Donald Trump personal attorney/fixer, Michael Cohen. Cohen is currently under investigation for a payment he made to pornstar, Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump.
NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, while it is not clear just how long the FEDS had the lawyer’s phone lines wiretapped, NBC News has learned that the phone taps had been in place in the weeks leading up to the raids on Cohen’s homes and offices in early April, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation. At least one phone call between a phone line associated with Cohen and the White House was intercepted, the person said.
Previously, federal prosecutors in New York have said in court filings that they have conducted covert searches on multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen.
After the raid, members of Trump’s legal team advised Trump not to speak to Cohen. Sources close to Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s newest attorney, say Rudy learned that Trump called Cohen days after Cohen was raided. Giuliani then told Trump to never call Cohen again, out of fear that Cohen’s calls may be being recorded by prosecutors.
If anybody would know how prosecutor’s work, it would be Rudy, considering that he was once a prosecutor himself.
****LATE CORRECTION TO THIS STORY***** UPDATED 6:09pm 5/3/2018
The device used to monitor and track Cohen is known as a “pen register”. Unlike a wiretap, a pen register monitors the call logs, not listen in on calls like a wiretap does.