Michael Cohen, the convicted former personal lawyer to US President Donald Trump, says he is making new friends in prison and enjoying time away from the spotlight, according to a person familiar with Cohen’s first few weeks there.
“He’s loving it there,” the person told Reuters. “Peace, quiet. He wants to stay there. He’s in the gym every day. He’s loving life.”
Cohen, 52, is housed in a minimum security camp for white collar criminals at Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of New York City.
The camp is known for its substantial population of Jewish inmates such as Cohen because of its proximity to Jewish enclaves in New York City and elsewhere in the state, employing a full-time rabbi and offering kosher meals.
The camp, which is not fenced in, also offers weights and other exercise equipment, a basketball court, a tennis area and a baseball field, and bocce ball.
The person familiar with Cohen’s time in Otisville said that Cohen was relieved to be free of public attention and of the anxiety he felt before reporting to prison on May 6.
Cohen “hates the food,” the source said. “This is a guy who ate in all the best restaurants.”
Lanny Davis, a spokesman for Cohen, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cohen, who is married with two children, once said he would “take a bullet” for Trump but then turned against him in court and in testimony to the US Congress as investigations mounted into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
Reuters and Algemeiner Staff