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Michael Cohen Wants Out of Jail Again, and He’s Prepared to Fight For It

Trump’s former personal lawyer sued Attorney General William Barr and the Bureau of Prisons director Monday, saying he’s being unjustly held behind bars to stop him from finishing a book that criticizes Trump, the AP reports.

The lawsuit on behalf of Michael Cohen was filed late Monday in Manhattan federal court, alleging his First Amendment rights were violated when he was returned to the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, NY, on July 9. Cohen, 53, had been furloughed in May as part of an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus in federal prisons.

He had served only a year of his three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to campaign finance charges and lying to Congress, among other crimes. The campaign finance charges have to do with “hush money” payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

“In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, [Cohen] intends to tell the American people about Mr. Trump’s personality and proclivities, his private and professional affairs, and his personal and business ethics,” according to the lawsuit brought on Cohen’s behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union and two attorneys.

The lawsuit says Cohen’s crimes related to “lying to Congress on behalf of Mr. Trump and committing campaign finance violations on behalf of Mr. Trump.” According to the lawsuit, federal authorities moved to re-incarcerate Cohen after he tweeted on June 26 “#WillSpeakSoon” and on July 2 that he was finishing his Trump book.

The lawsuit says US Probation officers, working on behalf of the Bureau of Prisons and its director, Michael Carvajal, unconstitutionally demanded of Cohen that he agree not to speak to or through any media, including by publishing a book.

The lawsuit also says Cohen’s health has suffered; he has been in solitary confinement since July 9.

Edited from Newser.

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3 Responses to Michael Cohen Wants Out of Jail Again, and He’s Prepared to Fight For It

  1. Linda Reply

    July 21, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Too bad he didn’t consider this when he spent a night out and violated his parole.

    • Tall Stacey Reply

      July 21, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Not to mention before “he tweeted on June 26 “#WillSpeakSoon” and on July 2 that he was finishing his Trump book.”

      Dumbass! Poke the hornets nest and you get stung!

      I don’t see any way he can claim he’s being unjustly held. He’s a convicted felon sentenced to serve 3 years. He’s got 2 to go. He was only out because of covid 19, and he didn’t have sense to stay out of the public camera spotlight. Out to dinner with friends at a fancy restaurant …. dumbass!

      I’m not saying that his snatch and slammer was right – I think it stinks the way it was done. It certainly has all the earmarks of the would-be-dictator’s vengeance modus operandi. Of anyone, Cohen should have known how his former boss works to screw people over. Dumbass!

    • Call Me Steve Reply

      July 21, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      I think that’s going to work in our favor. Now he’s even angrier and headed for Trump and Barr.

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