Co­hen sent back to his old prison

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY CHRIS SOMMERFELD­T

Michael Co­hen is back to square one.

Hours af­ter be­ing taken into cus­tody on Thurs­day, Co­hen (inset) was rushed back to the up­state New York prison he got re­leased from just weeks ago over coro­n­avirus con­cerns, ac­cord­ing to his at­tor­ney, Jef­frey Levine.

Levine told the Daily News that the Bu­reau of Pris­ons didn’t let him or his client’s fam­ily know un­til Fri­day morn­ing that Co­hen had been re­turned to the fed­eral lockup in Otisville.

“I had been try­ing to lo­cate him all night and no one had any in­for­ma­tion, and this morn­ing I spoke to the prison and they con­firmed to me that he’s been there since last night,” Levine said. “We’ve been com­pletely in the dark on this.”

Co­hen, 53, has been placed in soli­tary con­fine­ment to iso­late for two weeks as con­sis­tent with the prison’s coro­n­avirus pro­to­cols, Levine said.

The BOP did not re­turn a re­quest for com­ment.

The for­mer per­sonal at­tor­ney to Pres­i­dent Trump was re­leased from the Otisville prison on May 21 to serve out the rest of his sen­tence in home con­fine­ment as part of a Jus­tice De­part­ment ef­fort to thin out in­mate pop­u­la­tions amid the COVID-19 pan­demic. He’s serv­ing time af­ter plead­ing guilty to a range of fi­nan­cial charges, in­clud­ing cam­paign fi­nances crimes that im­pli­cate Trump.

But, on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, he was ar­rested at a pro­ba­tion of­fice in down­town Man­hat­tan af­ter de­clin­ing to sign a home con­fine­ment con­tract that re­quired him to prom­ise he wouldn’t speak to any jour­nal­ists, use so­cial me­dia or pub­lish a tell-all book about Trump for the du­ra­tion of his sen­tence.

Co­hen started work­ing on a book about Trump while still in prison, ac­cord­ing to sources.

He tweeted ear­lier this week that he’d have it ready “soon.”

Trump has faced a stream of damn­ing head­lines re­cently over tell-all books writ­ten by his es­tranged niece, Mary Trump, and for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser John Bolton.

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