Michael Cohen was jailed in 2018 but was allowed in May 2020 to serve his sentence at home.
Two months later, Cohen was returned to prison.
Cohen is now suing the United States, claiming the Trump DOJ punished him for writing a book about Trump.
Michael Cohen sued the US government for $ 20 million in damages, accusing Donald Trump’s administration of sending him back to jail for writing a book critical of the former president.
Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2018 after being convicted of a series of crimes, including lying to Congress.
Following a COVID-19 outbreak at Cohen Prison in upstate New York, Cohen was released on leave in May 2020 and allowed to spend the remainder of his sentence in house arrest in Manhattan.
However, during negotiations on the conditions of his confinement in July, Cohen was sent back to prison after refusing to accept the conditions of his imprisonment.
Cohen had refused to sign an agreement barring him from working on his book on Trump, Lanny Davis, an associate of Cohen, said to Mother Jones.
Cohen’s book, “Disloyal”, was finally published in September and contained scathing anecdotes about Trump. In one, Cohen described catching Trump watching her teenage daughter, and asking, “When was she so hot?”
Trump organization reportedly sent Cohen cease-and-desist letter from prison, claiming book writing violated Cohen’s nondisclosure agreement with the company.
Back in prison, Cohen appealed the government’s decision and a judge granted his release at the end of July. Cohen has been under house arrest since, and is expected to end his sentence in November.
On Friday, Cohen sued the U.S. government for $ 20 million in damages, NBC News reported.
In the complaint, Cohen said he endured “emotional pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of freedom” after being returned to prison, NBC News reported.
Cohen said government officials made “bogus arrests, bogus imprisonment, abuse of process, wrongful forcible confinement and retaliation” against Cohen, the outlet said.
Cohen’s attorney, Jeffrey Levine, said in a statement released by NBC News: “Mr. Cohen was the personal lawyer for the President of the United States and if he could be thrown in jail for wanting to write a critical book on the president’s imagination not to go far before realizing that such unacceptable and constitutionally violated conduct could be directed against any of us. “
“This is not hyperbole and it is not acceptable.”
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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