Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, was released from a federal prison yesterday due to concerns that he could be exposed to the coronavirus while incarcerated, according to a source familiar with the case.
Cohen (53) had completed a bit more than a year of a three-year sentence for his role in paying hush money to two women - pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal - who said they had sexual relationships with Mr Trump, as well as financial crimes and lying to Congress.
He is expected to serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement.
Cohen, who had been imprisoned in a facility in New York state, had been eligible for release from prison in November 2021.
Cohen was the second associate of Mr Trump released early from prison due to coronavirus concerns after his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released last week.
Mr Trump has called Cohen a "rat". Cohen has called Trump a "racist", a "con man" and "a cheat".
Meanwhile, CNN has reported the coronavirus recession will cause President Trump to suffer a "historic defeat" in November, a national election model released by Oxford Economics predicted.
The model, which uses unemployment, disposable income and inflation to forecast election results, predicts that Mr Trump will lose in a landslide, capturing just 35pc of the popular vote.
That's a sharp reversal from the model's pre-crisis prediction that Trump would win about 55pc of the vote.
And it would be the worst performance for an incumbent in a century.
"It would take nothing short of an economic miracle for pocketbooks to favour Trump," Oxford Economics wrote in the report, adding that the economy will be a "nearly insurmountable obstacle for Trump come November".
The model has correctly predicted the popular vote in every election since 1948 other than 1968 and 1976 (although two candidates lost the popular vote but won the presidency in that span, including George W Bush in 2000 and Mr Trump in 2016).