Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Co­hen back in fed­eral prison

The Maui News - - Nation And World -

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.

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