Cohen sent back to his old prison
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.