Justice Dept Drops Gag Order Against Michael Cohen

Courthouse News reports:

A week after a federal judge ordered Michael Cohen’s release, federal prosecutors asked Thursday to close the case and agreed to abandon the gag order that sparked the First Amendment battle.

“There is therefore no need for this court to resolve any further dispute about restrictions on [Cohen’s] contact with the media,” the government’s 2-page letter states.

The Trump administration might be eager to cut its losses after a brutal hearing exactly one week ago in the court of U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who called the probation terms put before Cohen unlike any he had seen in his 21-year career.

Cohen is now free to use social media, conduct interviews, and release his Trump tell-all book, which is due go on sale in September.