Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer, who was later jailed for fraud, was returned to federal custody after allegedly violating the provisions of his COVID-related release, his lawyer said Thursday.
Cohen apparently refused to sign a Bureau of Prisons document related to his release that would have limited his ability to write a book or make media appearances. At that point, the BOP decided to take him into custody.
Earlier this month, the New York Post detained Cohen in a restaurant in Manhattan, which led to speculation that he might be returned to prison for violating the conditions of his release.
The one-time fixer for the president was taken to a federal prison in the city, his lawyer said. It was not immediately clear what would happen next.
Cohen was released from federal prison in May to serve the rest of his sentence at home. This was part of a comprehensive program to release inmates from federal custody amid the spread of COVID-19 in prisons.