FOR­MER TRUMP LAWYER CO­HEN BACK IN PRISON

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD - BY JIM MUSTIAN AND MICHAEL BAL­SAMO

NEW YORK — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s for­mer per­sonal lawyer and fixer, Michael Co­hen, was re­turned to fed­eral prison Thurs­day, af­ter balk­ing at cer­tain con­di­tions of the home con­fine­ment he was granted be­cause of the coronaviru­s pan­demic.

The fed­eral Bureau of Pris­ons said that Co­hen had “re­fused the con­di­tions of his home con­fine­ment and as a re­sult, has been re­turned to a BOP fa­cil­ity.”

Lanny Davis, a Co­hen le­gal ad­viser, said Co­hen had re­fused to sign off on con­di­tions re­quir­ing he avoid speak­ing with the me­dia and pub­lish­ing a tell-all book he be­gan work­ing on in fed­eral prison. Davis said the book had been nearly ready to pub­lish.

“That was a point that dis­turbed him be­cause he pointed out that he was able to talk to the me­dia while he was in Otisville,” Davis said. “He said, ‘But the book is al­ready done and I’m not giv­ing up my First Amend­ment right to talk to the me­dia, to use so­cial me­dia and, of course, to pub­lish my book.’”

Co­hen later agreed to ac­cept the re­quire­ments, Davis said, but was taken into cus­tody nev­er­the­less.

“He stands will­ing to sign the en­tire doc­u­ment if that’s what it takes” to be re­leased, Davis said.

A Jus­tice Depart­ment of­fi­cial pushed back on Davis’ char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and said Co­hen had re­fused to ac­cept the terms of home con­fine­ment, specif­i­cally that he sub­mit to wear­ing an an­kle mon­i­tor. The of­fi­cial could not dis­cuss the mat­ter pub­licly and spoke to AP on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Davis, how­ever, called that “com­pletely false,” adding that “at no time did Michael ever ob­ject to the an­kle bracelet.”

Co­hen, who pleaded guilty to tax eva­sion, cam­paign fi­nance fraud and ly­ing to Congress, had been re­leased May 21 on fur­lough as part of an at­tempt to slow the spread of the virus in fed­eral pris­ons. Co­hen, 53, be­gan serv­ing his sen­tence in May 2019 and had been sched­uled to re­main in prison un­til Novem­ber 2021 but was per­mit­ted to serve the re­main­der of this three-year term at home.

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