Published: Fri, July 10, 2020

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen returns to prison after virus furlough

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen returns to prison after virus furlough

Cohen's legal advisor Lanny Davis told reporters that Cohen hadn't signed off on certain release conditions such as requiring him not to speak to the media and halting the release of his tell-all book.

Davis also said that he spoke with Mr Levine after what was expected to be a probation visit on Thursday. But the Bureau of Prisons has the authority to move prisoners to home confinement without a judicial order.

"It's out of our hands", one of them told Cohen, according to Davis.

A law enforcement official said that it is "coincidental" that Cohen was taken into custody the same day that the Supreme Court issued their decisions. Under the agreement, Cohen was required to see out the rest of his sentence - set to end in November 2021 - under home confinement. "Cohen was placed on furlough pending placement on home confinement".

Cohen's convictions were related to crimes including dodging taxes on US$4 million in income from his taxi business, lying during congressional testimony about the timing of discussions around an abandoned plan to build a Trump Tower in Russian Federation, and orchestrating payments to two women to keep them from talking publicly about alleged affairs with Trump.

Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump arrives at his Manhattan apartment after being released from federal prison to serve the remainder of his sentence under home confinement in New York City, N.Y., on May 21, 2020.

"It's unclear to me what the justification for such a policy could be", said Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in IL.

Cohen had taken to Twitter on July 2, exactly one week prior, to announce an anticipated September release date for his Trump-related tell-all book.

But all that changed after Cohen was arrested and charged with a range of financial crimes in 2018.

A vocal surrogate for Mr Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, Cohen often sparred with reporters and appeared on television to support his long-time client.

Cohen later refused to commit to not pursuing a possible book deal while testifying before members of the House Oversight Committee in February 2019. "He is a racist, he is a con man and he is a cheat".

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