Michael Cohen returns to upstate jail, placed in solitary confinement to isolate for 2 weeks

David Caplan
July 10, 2020 - 2:08 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who was remanded back into the custody Thursday, has returned to a federal prison in Otisville, N.Y where he has been placed in solitary confinement to isolate for two weeks, consistent with the prison's coronavirus protocols.

Cohen, 53, was taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on Thursday after he "failed to agree to the terms of Federal Location Monitoring" in Manhattan, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

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But Cohen's attorneys disputed that, saying Cohen took issue with a condition of his home confinement that forbid him from speaking with the media and publishing a tell-all book he began working on in federal prison. The rules also prohibited him from “posting on social media,” the records show.

Cohen's lawyer Jeffrey Levine said neither he nor Cohen's family knew that he had returned to the upstate facility Thursday night. "I had been trying to locate him all night and no one had any information, and this morning I spoke to the prison and they confirmed to me that he’s been there since last night. We’ve been completely in the dark on this."

Cohen's return also comes after he was spotted dining with his wife and another couple last week at the Upper East Side restaurant Le Bilboquet. (see below)

But Levine, defended Cohen’s night out at the time, telling the New York Post, he “is currently on furlough” and that he “did not violate any of the terms and conditions of his release … and any assertion or suggestion to the contrary would be wholly inaccurate and untrue."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.