Cohen, ACLU Sue Over Re-Jailing: It’s About His Book

Courthouse News reports:

Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, who was recently sent back to prison after being released to home confinement due to Covid-19, claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that he is being punished for writing — and intending to publish — a book critical of the president.

While released to home confinement, the president’s former attorney was photographed dining at a sidewalk table outside of a restaurant around the corner from his Park Avenue apartment.

A week later, he was remanded to prison and the Bureau of Prisons confirmed he had refused to comply with the terms of his placement in the US Probation Office’s Federal Location Monitoring program.

NBC News reports:

The American Civil Liberties Union and a law firm on Monday filed a legal challenge to the recent imprisonment of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney.

The groups argue that Cohen was sent back to prison this month after being released on home confinement in retaliation for his plans to release a negative book about Trump before the November election.

“He is being held in retaliation for his protected speech, including drafting a book manuscript that is critical of the President — and recently making public his intention to publish that book soon, shortly before the upcoming election,” lawyers on behalf of Cohen wrote in Monday’s lawsuit.

The Washington Post reports:

The book manuscript being drafted by President Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen alleges that Trump has made racist comments about his predecessor Barack Obama and the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, according to court filings made public Monday night that contend Cohen was sent back to prison this month as retaliation.

The filings from Cohen’s attorneys seek his immediate release from federal custody following his rearrest July 9, less than two months after he was allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence on home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.

His lawsuit alleges that Cohen’s First Amendment rights were violated when he was detained at the federal courthouse in Manhattan during a meeting with probation officers, who had asked him to sign a gag order prohibiting him from speaking to the media or publishing a book while serving the rest of his sentence.