Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former fixer and attorney, is back in federal custody, his attorney says — reportedly for violating the terms of his home confinement.
According to the attorney, Cohen went to the the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan on Thursday to discuss home confinement terms when U.S. Marshals arrived, placed the 53-year-old in shackles, and took him back into custody. He was at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, the attorney said in the afternoon.
Cohen had pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, tax evasion, and campaign finance fraud for his involvement in orchestrating hush-money payments to two women who allegedly had affairs with Trump. Cohen began serving his sentence in Otisville Correctional Facility in May 2019, but he was released on home confinement on May 21 of this year out of fears of the coronavirus spreading in federal prisons.
But just last week, Cohen was spotted having dinner outside an Upper East Side French restaurant, Le Bilboquet, a violation of his furlough. His attorney reportedly also was fighting the judge’s order that Cohen not be allowed to tweet or speak to the press.
Once a friend of Trump’s and one of his closest advisors, Cohen became an outspoken critic of the president since his plea deal.
He was scheduled to be released from prison in November of 2021.
There is no word yet on whether he will be returned to Otisville.