Michael Cohen Sent Back to Jail After Violating Conditions of Home Confinement
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On Thursday, Michael Cohen was sent back to prison after he was caught eating at a restaurant in Manhattan which broke his conditions of home confinement.
"Today, Michael Cohen refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility," a statement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. "On May 21, 2020, Mr. Cohen was placed on furlough pending placement on home confinement."
Cohen was originally released from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Check out what Fox News reported:
Cohen's attorney Jeffrey Levine told Fox News that Cohen had been negotiating terms of home confinement with an ankle bracelet and had traveled to the offices of federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York to “discuss terms and conditions” of federal monitoring.
Levine said that rather than complete the discussions, parole officials told Cohen and Levine that the conversation was over and called the U.S. Marshall’s service to take Cohen into custody.
Recent reports said Cohen was seen at a restaurant in Manhattan, which raised concerns that he was in violation of his home confinement terms. Levine did not say whether this is connected to his client going back behind bars.
Cohen was convicted of several charges including campaign finance violations in connection with hush payments made to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump in the past. He started serving his sentence in May 2019 and was scheduled to be released in November 2021.
At the moment, Cohen's prison sentence is in question considering it is unknown if his furlough was temporary or if he would be able to complete his sentence from his house.
Fox News continues:
On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court ruled in a case involving Manhattan prosecutors who are seeking Trump's tax returns as part of a related investigation. The court stated that Trump does not have absolute immunity from state criminal investigations.
The Supreme Court also ruled Thursday morning on a case where House committee are seeking Trump's financial records, with a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee to accounting firm Mazars USA coming after Cohen testified to Congress that the president's accountants routinely and improperly altered his financial statements -- including some signed by Mazars -- to misrepresent his assets and liabilities.
A law enforcement official said that it is "coincidental" that Cohen was taken into custody the same day that the Supreme Court issued their decisions.
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