Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was ordered back to prison during a routine court appearance on Wednesday, amid controversy stirred up by photos that were published by the NY Post that showed the disgraced lawyer dining out at a Manhattan restaurant last Thursday evening.
Conflicting media reports about the reasons for Cohen's reconfinement have emerged, with several outlets citing sources that said his refusal to accept the original release requirements, which included a block on releasing his recently finished book, lead to his re-arrest.
“That was a point that disturbed him because he pointed out that he was able to talk to the media while he was in Otisville,” Lanny Davis, a Cohen legal adviser, said. “He said, ‘But the book is already done and I’m not giving up my First Amendment right to talk to the media, to use social media and, of course, to publish my book.’”
Cohen later agreed to accept the requirements, Davis said, but was taken into custody nevertheless, the AP reported.
Maybe the pictures of Cohen enjoying himself out on the town put the judge in an uncooperative mood?
#BREAKING: Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is re-arrested after pictures surfaced of him dining out in NYC last week.— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) July 9, 2020
I’m starting to suspect that Michael Cohen is not someone who can be trusted to play by the rules https://t.co/Mzv5pOLe2p— Harry Siegel (@harrysiegel) July 3, 2020
Michael Cohen went to the courthouse today expecting to sign papers for home confinement and to pick up his ankle bracelet. Instead he got taken into custody. BOP says he “refused the conditions of his home confinement.” https://t.co/DYP7wmi5aX— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) July 9, 2020
Do all criminals get to go to fancy restaurants in NYC while on house arrest?— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 7, 2020
Michael Cohen Allegedly Caught Dining Out While Serving Home Sentence. DOJ, Bureau Of Prisons Silent. https://t.co/JBJ483bPQJ
Updating story soon but via @WRashbaum, Cohen imprisonment wasn't related to NY Post photo of him at restaurant. When he went to switch from furlough to home confinement, he had to sign papers saying no media or publishing a book, which he refused to sign https://t.co/e6giU36QXE— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 9, 2020
BREAKING: Former Trump Attorney and Fixer Michael Cohen Breaks Home Confinement to Go Out to Dinner, Sent Back to Prison https://t.co/lmbEBvsIX3— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) July 9, 2020