Michael Cohen In Custody For Violating Early Release Terms

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July 09, 2020 - 2:33 pm
Michael Cohen

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen was taken into police custody on Thursday for reportedly violating terms of his early release. 

Cohen was released on furlough from prison in late May due to coronavirus concerns and was allowed to serve out the rest of his term at home. 

He was sentenced to three-years in prison in New York after pleading guilty to lying to Congress, tax charges and campaign finance charges. Cohen began serving his sentence in May 2019 and was scheduled to remain in prison until November 2021.

Trump’s former attorney was captured in photos by the New York Post earlier this month dining out at a Manhattan, potentially in violent of his terms of release. NBC News reports those photos may have prompted his return to custody. 

In a statement to The Associated Press, the Bureau of Prisons said Cohen had "refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility."

Those conditions reportedly included restrictions on his ability to write a book or make media appearances.

Cohen was taken to a federal detention center in Brooklyn. It remains unclear what the next steps will be. 

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