ACLU And Lawyers Sue To Free Ex-trump Attorney Michael Cohen

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FILE - In this March 6, 2019 file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, returns to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer has sued Attorney General William Barr and the Bureau of Prisons director, saying he's being unjustly held behind bars to stop him from finishing a book that criticizes Trump. The lawsuit on behalf of Michael Cohen was filed late Monday, July 20, 2020 in Manhattan federal court, (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald 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 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, New York, on July 9.

A message for comment was left with the Justice Department.

Cohen, 53, had been furloughed in May as part of an attempt to slow the spread of the virus 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.

Cohen’s campaign finance charges related to his efforts to arrange payouts during the 2016 presidential race to keep the porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal from airing claims of extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.

Monday’s lawsuit said Cohen made it clear recently that he planned to release a tell-all book just before the November election.

“In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, he 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 attorneys Danya Perry and Samidh Guha.

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

It said the officers made the unconstitutional demand, and Cohen and his lawyers sought clarification on and limitation on the prohibition on speaking, only to see him locked up after the officers said they would run his requests “up the chain” to Bureau of Prisons executives.

Cohen has remained in solitary confinement since he was taken to Otisville, the lawsuit said.

It said his health has also suffered, with his blood pressure spiking to critical levels, “leading to severe headaches, shortness of breath and anxiety.”

And, it added, he has made no progress on his book. The lawsuit sought a court order to return him to home confinement.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Of course its payback, do you blame Trump?. Had he shut his mouth until right before the book was ready and didn’t leave his house, he would still be home.

  2. “We live among the goyim on their chesed” Good reason why in NY, NJ we must vote Democrat. Otherwise we deserve the “payback” and we cant blame them

    • Speaking of police states…

      It used to be a basic American value that you can vote as you wish, that your ballot is secret, and that you can’t and won’t be prosecuted for voting the wrong way. But “anonymous” here apparently prefers the Soviet system.

      • You remind me of the guy on Yehupetz.com who wondered how much money he’d have if he had a nickel for every beer he drank. Politicians can’t see who voted for them, but they can see which districts did! How do you propose a level of anonymity to conceal that?

  3. Michael Cohen was let out of jail on the condition he stay at home – and he started to go out to fancy restaurants. He was not following the rules of his furlough from his 3 year prison sentence (he was only in for a year); furlough was in part to slow the spread of COVID in federal prisons.

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