Michael Cohen is free to speak to the media and write a tell-all book about President Donald Trump while in a cell at home, according to an agreement he reached with federal authorities filed in court on Monday. Thursday.
The deal came a week after a federal judge ruled the government with a bad retaliation against Cohen when he sent her back to prison after his release on medical fur.
Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, was taken back into custody earlier this month after balancing restrictions on his ability to interact with the media and publishing a book on Trump that he wrote from prison.
But the deal Cohen reached with the Justice Department puts those restrictions in place, paving the way for publishing a book that he said includes “graphic and smooth details” about Trump’s behavior.
“There should be no specific media provisions governing it [Cohen’s] housing foreclosures, “says the agreement filed by federal prosecutors.
The Prison Bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cohen began serving a three-year prison sentence last year after pleading guilty to what a federal judge called a “true smorgasbord”; of criminal conduct, including making secret payments to women who claimed to have an affair with Trump. located in Congress on the president’s trade deal with Russia and failed to report revenue of millions of dollars.
He was released in May as part of a nationwide program that would allow federal prisoners to be transferred to other prisons or confined to their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A week after it was rumored that he was finishing the entire tell-book about Trump, Cohen had been told by a probation officer that he would have to agree to a full ban on public speaking, including by publishing a book, as a condition of continuing home f limit, according to court documents.
He was asked to sign a form which included the following provision: “No engagement of any kind with the media, including print, television, film, books, or any other form of media / ban. Prohibition by all social media platforms. “
The form said it was intended “to avoid glamor or bring publicity to your status as a convicted prisoner serving a term of custody in the community.”
“I have never seen such a clause in my 21 years of being a judge and condemning people,” U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein said. “How can I take any other inference but that was revenge?”
Cohen was released from custody last week. He is scheduled to be released from captivity at home in November 2021.
In the agreement filed in court, the Justice Department says Cohen will have the closure of his home supervised by a residential reentry center rather than the U.S. Probation Office.