Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former fixer/personal attorney is heading back to prison for violating the terms of his early release.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress in 2018. He was released from prison into home confinement in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But, Cohen was spotted in New York last week, dining out in the middle of a pandemic. Even though legal experts said at the time that Cohen’s cravings could land him right back in jail, it was his desire to be the center of attention that ultimately won out.
Cohen and his attorney were ordered to appear in a federal court in Manhattan to convert his furlough to home confinement but he left that hearing in handcuffs. Apparently. Cohen was not too happy about the terms of his home confinement which includes wearing an ankle monitor and not to engage with the media through any medium, including books.
Recall, Cohen was working on a tell-all book about his time as Donald Trump’s personal attorney. That book was slated to be released before the November elections. The terms of this agreement would not allow that to happen.
His attorney, Jeffrey Levine said the language in the agreement strips Cohen of his “First Amendment rights to communicate with the media.” They voiced their opposition to the proposed agreement and Cohen was subsequently arrested.
A spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons told CNN, Cohen “refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility.”