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Ex-Trump lawyer behind bars again after dispute over gag order - attorney

 

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FILE PHOTO: Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for U.S. 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, New York U.S., May 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, was taken to a federal jail on Thursday after refusing to agree to a gag order as a condition of serving his criminal sentence under home confinement, Cohen's lawyer said.

 

Cohen, 53, was taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, according to his lawyer, Jeffrey Levine. Cohen had been released from a federal prison in upstate New York in May due to concerns over possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

 

He had completed about a year of a three-year sentence for his role in hush money payments to two women, as well as for financial crimes and lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen had originally been eligible for release in November 2021.

 

On Thursday, he was ordered to a federal courthouse in Manhattan to convert his furlough to home confinement, Levine said outside of the courthouse.

 

He said they were presented with an agreement that barred Cohen from having any contact with news media organizations, TV, film or book publishing outlets, or from posting on social media.

 

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Attorney for Michael Cohen, Jeffrey Levine holds up a document as he tells the media Cohen has been remanded outside Federal Court in the Manhattan Borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

 

"I've never seen any language like this in my life," Levine said.

 

After objecting, Levine said the U.S. Marshals Service came with "shackles" and ordered Cohen remanded to the jail in Brooklyn because he failed to agree to the terms.

 

The federal Bureau of Prisons said Cohen refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result was returned to a detention facility.

 

Levine said he was working to resolve the dispute over the terms of home confinement.

 

On July 2, Cohen tweeted that he was close to completing a book with an anticipated publication date of September.

 

At the time of Cohen's release in May, he wrote on Twitter that "there is so much I want to say and intend to say. But now is not the right time. Soon."

 

Cohen once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump but later turned on his former boss and cooperated with Democratic-led congressional inquiries. Trump has called Cohen a "rat." Cohen has called Trump a "racist," a "con man" and "a cheat."

 

Trump, who is facing a challenging re-election bid in November, had to deal recently with two unflattering books about his administration and family, one by former national security adviser John Bolton and another by his niece Mary Trump.

 

Thursday's events come a week after Cohen was spotted at a sidewalk table at the French restaurant Le Bilboquet near his Park Avenue apartment in Manhattan, according to the New York Post newspaper.

 

Levine had told the Post that the dinner did not violate the terms of Cohen's release from prison.

 

Cohen was sentenced for his role in hush money payments to two women, pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougall, who said they had sexual relationships with Trump. The president has denied having relationships with either woman.

 

(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware, and Noeleen Walder, Carlo Allegri and Karen Freifeld in New York; Editing by Franklin Paul, Daniel Wallis and Jonathan Oatis)

 

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2 minutes ago, Yinn said:
3 hours ago, webfact said:

hush money payments to two women

Brown envelope?

No a fake LV bag from the Thai markets

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He should have stayed home house arrest mean house that beeing said I hope they slap his hands and send him home again good luck mike and turn your life around 

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12 minutes ago, pegman said:

Barr and Trump don't play that sort of nice. Remember Epstein?

I hope you are wrong on that one but I wouldent but it past them

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2 hours ago, Rookiescot said:

"He said they were presented with an agreement that barred Cohen from having any contact with news media organizations, TV, film or book publishing outlets, or from posting on social media."

 

Why would that need to be a condition of home arrest?

Are your rights under the constitution suspended while in incarceration? 

Genuine question guys not trying to score points.

Actually your rights are suspended in the USA when you go to prison, such as your right to vote. If you go to prison for a felony in some states, you lose your right to vote for years after you get out. Also, you must reveal that you ARE a felon long after you have served your time to anyone who wants to know, including employers and various other institutions. THe constitution means nothing if you are in prison or have been in prison for a felony.

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4 hours ago, Rookiescot said:

"He said they were presented with an agreement that barred Cohen from having any contact with news media organizations, TV, film or book publishing outlets, or from posting on social media."

 

Why would that need to be a condition of home arrest?

Are your rights under the constitution suspended while in incarceration? 

Genuine question guys not trying to score points.

It seems a bit naïve to think that Trump and his henchmen like Barr  are going to fight by Marquis de Queensberry rules. They had leverage with Cohen breaking the conditions of his release by going to the restaurant and they were damn well going to use it to suppress any new  revelations. 

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