Donald Trump’s legal problems have been piling up since he left the White House. In addition to investigations into the January 6th attack and the financial activities of the Trump Organization, he’s facing multiple civil lawsuits. His former fixer just announced one more.
Michael Cohen, convicted of lying to Congress in defense of Donald Trump, has expressed disappointment that he suffered the consequences while Trump suffered none. However, it wasn’t enough that he was sentenced. Later, after he was released to home confinement, he was remanded to prison in what a judge agreed was retaliatory move.
Courthouse News has the details. Cohen was about to publish a book sharing his experience in Trump’s employ, and was suddenly remanded to prison. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein re-released Cohen to home confinement, and declared the remand an unprecedented retaliation for the book.
“I make the finding that the purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory, and it’s retaliatory because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish a book and to discuss anything about the book or anything else he wants on social media and with others.”
Now Cohen, who has completed his sentence and is now entirely free from home confinement, says he’s suing Trump and his Attorney General, Bill Barr.
Wanted to give you all a heads up that tomorrow morning, December 16, 2021, I will be filing a lawsuit against the US Govt, #Trump, #Barr , etc for the unconstitutional remand of me back to #Otisville based upon my refusal to waive my First Amendment constitutional right. pic.twitter.com/1qdsQpw5Y6
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) December 16, 2021
Trump has a pattern of using the legal system, including lawsuits, to try to stall or prevent the publication of books that are critical of him — which Cohen’s book, Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump, most certainly is, packed with descriptions of behavior ranging from unkind to potentially fraudulent to predatory.
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