Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, has been placed in solitary confinement at a federal prison in New York state where he is serving time for violating campaign finance laws, according to his lawyer and two sources familiar with the matter.
Cohen, 53, was transferred on Wednesday to a Special Housing Unit at Otisville Federal Correctional Institution, a disciplinary section of the prison, the sources said. Until now, Cohen had been housed in a minimum-security camp at Otisville, which is about 70 miles (110 km) northwest of New York City.
One of the sources said Cohen was placed in solitary after another inmate complained about his internet use. The Federal Bureau of Prisons said it could not comment on the circumstances of individual inmates.
Last month a judge scathingly rejected Cohen’s request for early release due to fears of contracting coronavirus behind bars. But maybe getting sent to the hole works out to be just as good.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s imprisoned former lawyer, has been thrown in the hole, Mark Hosenball and I report. https://t.co/E7sqnhaaZy
— Aram Roston (@AramRoston) April 9, 2020