Beleaguered former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen will once again be able to somewhat breathe free air, as he’ll be re-released from federal prison and sent back to home confinement tomorrow. Cohen, who has been held in solitary confinement since he was returned to the federal prison in Otisville, New York, is set to be released after he takes a final coronavirus test.
Cohen had been released in May due to fears regarding the virus, but had been returned to custody after a perceived violation of his probation, which stated he couldn’t speak to the press. However, the judge on the case, Judge Alvin Hellerstein, found that the purpose of the first clause of Michael Cohen’s agreement was to interfere with his First Amendment rights and agreed with Cohen’s lawyers that the arrest was a simple retaliation.
The timing of the arrest is suspicious, considering Cohen had announced in April he was writing a book about his experience working for Trump that is set to be published prior to Election Day on November 3rd.
Cohen’s attorney called the judge’s order a “victory for the First Amendment.”
This is not the first time the Trump Administration has tried to stop the publication of a tell-all. John Bolton and Trump’s own niece, Mary L. Trump, have both written tell-alls that reveal damaging information about both Trump and his administration. Trump’s attempt to stop those releases were also thwarted by judges.
Cohen’s book is expected to create even more controversy, as he was closest to Trump during the years leading up to his Presidential campaign, and Cohen famously paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 on his boss’s behalf to stay silent regarding her brief encounter with Trump. Cohen also claims he was forced to lie to Congress and committed other felonies while acting on Trump’s orders.