Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen taken into custody

(FILE) - Michael Cohen (C), President Donald Trump's personal attorney leaves following a hearing at United States Federal Court in New York, New York, USA, 30 May 2018 (issued 21 August 2018). US President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, enters into a plea deal with federal prosecutors in New York according to media sources. EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE

July 9 (Reuters) - Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, was taken into custody on Thursday, according to a lawyer for Cohen.

Cohen, 53, was taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, according to his lawyer, Jeffrey Levine. Cohen had been released from a federal prison in May due to concerns over possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

He had completed about a year of a three-year sentence for his role in hush money payments to two women, as well as for financial crimes and lying to Congress.

Cohen was ordered to a federal courthouse in Manhattan to convert his furlough to home confinement, Levine said outside of the courthouse.

He said they were presented with an agreement that barred Cohen from having any contact with news media organizations and from posting on social media.

“I’m never seen any language like this in my life,” Levine said.

After objecting, Levine said that the U.S. Marshals Service came with “shackles” and ordered him remanded to the jail in Brooklyn because he failed to agree to the terms.

Thursday’s events come a week after Cohen was spotted at a sidewalk table at the French restaurant Le Bilboquet near his Park Avenue apartment in Manhattan, according to the New York Post newspaper.

Levine had told the newspaper that the dinner did not violate the terms of Cohen’s release from prison.

The two women who were paid hush money, pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougall, said they had sexual relationships with Trump. The president has denied having relationships with either woman.

Cohen had originally been eligible for release in November 2021.

Cohen, who once said he would “take a bullet” for Trump, later turned on his former boss and cooperated with Democratic-led congressional inquiries. Trump has called Cohen a “rat.” Cohen has called Trump a “racist,” a “con man” and “a cheat.” (Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware, and Noeleen Walder and Karen Freifeld in New York; Editing by Franklin Paul, Daniel Wallis and Jonathan Oatis)


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