Former personal attorney to President Donald Trump and well-known turncoat Michael Cohen is has announced that he will pursue a lawsuit against the Federal Government claiming that he was “illegally returned to prison last year in retaliation for planning to write a book about Trump.” If he actually sues, the attorney suffering from a serious lack of integrity is seeking $20 million in damages from the Government for false arrest, false imprisonment, and wrongful confinement.
Cohen pleaded guilty to multiple felonies in 2018 and was serving his three-year sentence. He was then furloughed from the Federal Prison in Otisville, NY in May 2020 due to concerns regarding his multiple health issues which made him “particularly vulnerable to Covid-19” On July 9th, 2020, he was reincarcerated at Otisville following a contentious meeting with his Parole officer.
According to CNBC,
“Cohen, 54, says he suffered “emotional pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of freedom” from being sent back to a federal prison in July 2020 just weeks after being furloughed early due to concerns over his risk from Covid-19.
Cohen’s lawyers are preparing a second claim alleging that then-Attorney General William Barr and BOP Director Michael Carvajal violated his First Amendment right to free speech by returning him to prison.”
Cohen announced his suit shortly after a Southern District of New York Judge Alvin Hellerstein ordered his release and ruled 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 discuss anything about the book or anything else he wants on social media and others.”
“How can I take any other inference but that it was retaliatory?” The Judge asked.
If Cohen Sues, He’d Better Hope He Gets Another Anti-Trump Judge
Here’s the problem: the Judge COMPLETELY IGNORED the legal filings from the Bureau of Prisons, which showed Cohen’s poor behavior and fraudulent reasoning for requesting furlough.
The Bureau of Prisons outright rejected the notion that his re-incarceration was retaliation,
“Any assertion that the decision to remand Michael Cohen to prison was a retaliatory action is patently false,” the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement. “While it is not uncommon for BOP to place certain restrictions on inmates’ contact with the media, Mr. Cohen’s refusal to agree to those conditions here played no role whatsoever in the decision to remand him to secure custody nor did his intent to publish a book.”
The New York Daily News reported, Cohen wasn’t returned to prison due to his book, but rather because he was ‘combative’ according to Probation Officer Adam Pakula.
Pakula said in a sworn statement. “Cohen was combative,” he sent word up the chain of command in the BoP that he was being “argumentative.” in his July 9th parole hearing.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons Supervisor in Washington, D.C. revealed in legal filings that it wasn’t merely this instance but Cohen’s overall behavior while under home confinement that led to his arrest and re-incarceration.
“In my view, Cohen’s behavior and, in particular, his refusal to sign the conditions of home confinement was unacceptable and undermined his suitability for placement on home confinement … I thus determined that Cohen should be remanded to secure custody rather than transferred to home confinement,” Gustin said in a legal filing.
This point is the killer though: If Cohen was so afraid of contracting COVID19, why was he rubbing elbows in New York Restaurants? Easy. He lied to the Bureau and the Courts.
“Although Cohen’s expressed reason for seeking transfer to home confinement was his concern about special health risks if he contracted COVID-19, he was reportedly seen dining out at Manhattan restaurants on more than one occasion, including on or about July 2, 2020,” Gustin said.
In other words, Cohen’s main reason for appealing for home confinement was objectively: bullsh*t. He just happened to find an Anti-Trump Judge who was willing to play along and call the perfectly legal (and reasonable) revocation of his home confinement privileges “retaliation”. Oh, to be wealthy and politically connected. If you’re average American pulled that kind of move, they’d put us UNDER the jail.