With more than two hours to spare, Michael Cohen arrived Monday at a federal penitentiary in upstate Otisville to begin serving his three-year prison sentence. He told Manhattan federal prosecutors that Trump directed him to pay hush money to keep adult film actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal quiet about their alleged affairs with the president.
Washington pundits had once suggested that Trump would eventually pardon Cohen to free him from his prison term. Larry Levin is a prison consultant and served a ten year prison sentence in eleven different federal prisons.
Cohen pleaded guilty to financial crimes, allegations that he facilitated a combined $280,000 in hush money payments to two women, and also for lying to Congress about the length of time Trump was trying to reach a deal in Moscow to build a skyscraper there.
For much of the day, Cohen "can pretty much do what he wants", Mr Frantz said.
"Cohen's next stop was the pricy store Barneys New York, where he told journalists that he plans to hold a news conference Monday before heading to prison".
As Cohen heads to prison, the president is newly emboldened and the nation divided over whether the report let Trump off the hook.
He spoke eight times with Robert Mueller's investigators, appeared before three congressional committees and helped federal prosecutors with at least two criminal inquiries into President Donald Trump's inner circle.
The longtime former fixer who once said he "would take a bullet" for the president publicly split with Trump, a man for whom he worked for over a decade, in July 2018 when he told ABC News his "family and country" had his first loyalty.
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Cohen said during his sentencing he would provide as much information as he could to prosecutors about his former boss.
At the prison camp, about 115 inmates sleep in bunks lined up in barrack-style halls, instead of individual or two-man cells like in higher-security facilities.
The camp offers weights and other exercise equipment, a basketball court, a tennis area and a baseball field, and bocce ball, according to its handbook.
They will all be serving time together at what Forbes once ranked as one of "America's 10 Cushiest Prisons".
"If you have to be inside, this is probably the place to be", Levine said. But Cohen should avoid acting like he's still in spotlight, said Jack Donson, a former Otisville case manager who advises white-collar criminals on what to expect in prison.
"So it all depends, it depends who happens to be there with him, it depends how he handles himself, it depends who he hooks up with", McAvoy said.