2020-07-09 19:21:15 UTC
*Michael Cohen is ordered back into federal custody at hearing in Manhattan
after dinner at French restaurant in New York past his curfew
*He was taken to the federal detention center in Brooklyn which is already
holding Ghislaine Maxwell
*He had the dinner at Le Bilboquet last Thursday and stayed out until 11.30pm
breaking a curfew order
*His attorney paraded his belt and suit jacket outside court in Manhattan and
held up the order reinstating him as Inmate 86067-054
*Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime attorney who turned on him and pleaded guilty to
a string of offenses, had tweeted that he was writing a tell-all book
*He had said the book is due out in September but the move leaves its fate
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, was sent back
to jail Thursday after he was caught having dinner at a Manhattan restaurant
outside of his residence.
He has been taken back into federal custody, Reuters reported - and taken to the
Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey
Epstein's alleged procurer, is also in custody.
Cohen was seen at a sidewalk table outside Le Bilboquet, a French restaurant
around the corner from his Park Avenue apartment, on Thursday with his wife
Laura and another couple.
He was serving a three year sentence for crimes that included tax evasion, bank
fraud and lying to Congress when he was released to home custody due to the
Cohen was released from prison on May 20 due to the coronavirus, even after a
judge had refused to reduce his sentence just two months earlier.
On July 2 he tweeted that he is 'close to completion' of a book - then went out
to dinner that night.
The meal broke his curfew conditions by being after dark; he was with his wife,
Laura, and another couple and did not leave the establishment until 11.30pm, the
New York Post reports. His group was the last to leave.
While the Cohens were not wearing masks while they sat with the couple, they did
put on masks before exchanging hugs with the other pair.
According to an employee from eatery Avra Madison, located on East 60th Street,
Cohen has also visited that restaurant.
'He's nice, and used to come here all the time,' the source said of the former
lawyer's visit from earlier in the week.
He had completed about a year of a three-year sentence for his role in hush
money payments to two women, as well as for financial crimes and lying to
His sentence expires on November 22, 2021, according to the Bureau of Prisons
The women - pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen
McDougall - said they had sexual relationships with Trump. The president has
denied having relationships with either woman.
Prosecutors said the payments amounted to illegal campaign contributions. Trump,
who denied the affairs, said any payments were a personal matter.
He also dodged taxes on $4 million in income from his taxi business, lying
during congressional testimony about the timing of discussions around an
abandoned plan to build a Trump Tower in Russia, and orchestrating payments to
two women to keep them from talking publicly about alleged affairs with Trump.
Cohen, who had originally been eligible for release in November 2021, had been
expected to serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement, two sources
familiar with the case said on condition of anonymity at the time of his May
Cohen, who once said he would 'take a bullet' for Trump, later turned on his
former boss and cooperated with Democratic-led congressional inquiries. Trump
has called Cohen a 'rat.' Cohen has called Trump a 'racist,' a 'con man' and 'a
Jeffrey K Levine, Cohen's lawyer, defended his client's outing last week.
Levine added that his client '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.'
On the BOP form for furlough applications, inmates must provide a furlough
address and declare by signature that 'I am authorized to be only in the area of
the destination shown above and at ordinary stopovers or points on a direct
route to or from that destination.'
There is an additional provision that states: 'I will not leave the area of my
furlough without permission, with exception of traveling to the furlough
destination, and returning to the institution.'
Cameron Lindsay, an ex-BOP official and former warden, said Cohen's little
outside trip 'doesn't look right' and could be considered a violation of the