About eighty scandals ago, in February of 2019, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and "fixer" Michael Cohen had turned on Trump and testified before the House Oversight Committee to all of the President's crimes, including tax fraud, insurance fraud, campaign finance violations, discrimination, and more.
Cohen laid bare the President's corruption and told the Oversight committee who they could call in to corroborate his story under oath. That didn't happen.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for using campaign funds to pay off an adult film star to keep quiet about her affair with Trump.
It seems like Cohen's been using his time productively though, and he's not done speaking out—much to the chagrin of his former boss.
It was reported that on Thursday, Cohen received a letter from Trump's personal attorney Charles Harder warning him to stop work on a rumored tell-all book about his time working for Trump. Harder asserted in the letter that Cohen's non-disclosure agreement prohibited him from disclosing certain information about the President and those in his sphere.
But the story doesn't end there.
In the face of the pandemic that's upended daily life in the United States, the Bureau of Prisons began allowing certain nonviolent offenders to serve the rest of their sentences in home confinement, in order to reduce the spread of the virus.
Subsequently, Cohen spent two weeks in quarantine and was due to return home on May 1, but that didn't happen. As his release date drew closer, news broke that Cohen wasn't coming home on May 1.
Michael Cohen didn’t return home as scheduled on Friday from federal prison after quarantining for two weeks in pre… https://t.co/AQSUBu9ZbO— Rebecca Ballhaus (@Rebecca Ballhaus)1588362296.0
After original confusion that Cohen's release had been rescinded all together, it has now been postponed to the end of the month.
At the first White House Press Briefing in over a year, Trump's latest press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted that the President played no part in any change to Cohen's early release plans.
But considering she lied at least three times in that briefing, people aren't buying it.
@TheJusticeDept (AKA Billy Barr) denied Michael Cohen an early release. This comes immediately after a cease and de… https://t.co/Ns3JwyVcdQ— Michael B (@Michael B)1588374235.0
@rebeccaballhaus @tommyHotpockets @sgurman I'm sure Trump had nothing to do with this. Wink,wink.— susanelizabeth (@susanelizabeth)1588366287.0
It's Friday night and where is Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen at tonight? Both in prison for doing the dirty work… https://t.co/3EzESyKeF8— Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming! (@Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!)1588374649.0
According to a report from the Daily Beast earlier this week, the President was livid at the news of Cohen's early release and the possibility of a book.
People think Trump's hands are all over this.
Does anyone else doubt that Trump & BIll Barr didn’t have anything to do with this sudden move? Michael Cohen's ea… https://t.co/tWt6HAjXno— Wine Lover (@Wine Lover)1588373189.0
Trump is once again silencing a witness to his insanity... Trump's Lawyer Threatens Michael Cohen as He Returns to… https://t.co/Su76pFIywZ— Bruce Shirkey (@Bruce Shirkey)1588374694.0
@wallisweaver That Trump arranged this doesn't surprise me at all. I doubt that it surprised Mr. Cohen, either.— Susan Ovans (@Susan Ovans)1588365129.0
@Santucci @Kris_Sacrebleu tRUmp can't help himself.— Rick Fountain_8 (@Rick Fountain_8)1588355422.0
@Santucci @maggieNYT So Trump stopped his release and is instructing he's not allowed to write about him... CAN'T W… https://t.co/AB5duRoAdq— Kimberly Beller (@Kimberly Beller)1588355484.0