Manhattan DA's office says Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg can't just blame Michael Cohen to get his criminal charges dismissed
Trump Org gave Weisselberg fringe benefits like rent and school tuition far beyond the "turkey for the holidays" of other companies, prosecutors said.news.yahoo.com
Former defense secretary says Trump wanted violence against Floyd demonstrators
Then-President Donald Trump wanted troops to shoot George Floyd protesters in 2020, according to a new book from former Defense Secretary Mark Esper. “Can't you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?” Esper quotes Trump saying.news.yahoo.com
Michael Cohen blows off subpoena from Donald Trump's lawyers: 'I ignored it'
Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's fixer-turned-critic, rarely misses a chance to rail against the former president. But he's dodging his old boss' lawyers, who want to grill him about a violent 2015 Trump Tower protest.news.yahoo.com
A judge says Trump likely broke the law. Polls show most Americans still aren’t there yet.
Belief that Trump broke the law has crested a majority only once, shortly after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. Today, 46 percent hold that belief — a number in line with Trump's previous controversies.washingtonpost.com
Justice Department inspector general tells lawmakers he will examine the Trump administration's treatment of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, but stops short of promising full investigations
Inspector General Michael Horowitz said he would look into the cases as part of a broader review of "home confinement" policies during the pandemic.news.yahoo.com
Once allies, Stormy Daniels and Avenatti face off at trial
Stormy Daniels, the porn star who catapulted herself and Michael Avenatti to fame with lawsuits against former President Donald Trump, will have a starring role in court beginning Monday when prosecutors try to prove that the California lawyer cheated her of $300,000 in book proceeds. Daniels is not expected to testify until Tuesday, at the earliest. Avenatti, 50, has pleaded not guilty to the charges in what will be his third criminal trial in two years.news.yahoo.com
Forbes editor says he testified before Trump grand jury
The editor of Forbes magazine says he testified Thursday before a grand jury hearing evidence in a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump and his business practices, answering questions about a magazine article examining whether the former president inflated his wealth.
Michael Cohen is suing Donald Trump, claiming he was returned to prison in order to silence him — months after he filed a $20 million claim against the US government
Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, was returned to prison after authorities claimed he would not agree to his terms of home confinement.news.yahoo.com
Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen said the investigators looking into the Trump Organization could 'indict Donald Trump tomorrow' and be successful
Cohen said he had supplied "thousands and thousands" of documents to the prosecutors, and other witnesses have been roped in to the investigation.news.yahoo.com
Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen said the investigators looking into the Trump Organization could 'indict Donald Trump tomorrow' and be successful
Cohen said he had supplied "thousands and thousands" of documents to the prosecutors, and other witnesses have been roped in to the investigation.businessinsider.com
Cohen says Weisselberg not 'key' to Trump case
Michael Cohen said in an interview on Sunday that Allen Weisselberg, the longtime Trump Organization chief financial officer who was indicted earlier this year on tax-related charges, is not the "key" to investigations into former President Trump in New York."Should we expect to see actual indictments before the new year?" host Chuck Todd asked Cohen on NBC's "Meet the Press.""I really try not to talk about it because it's their investigation,...news.yahoo.com
Judge: Trump company doesn't have to pay Cohen’s legal bills
Donald Trump’s company won’t have to pay hefty legal bills incurred by his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who became a vocal critic of the ex-president and went to prison after pleading guilty to tax and other crimes, a New York judge ruled Friday. Judge Joel M. Cohen threw out Cohen’s breach of contract lawsuit against the Trump Organization, rejecting his claims that the company had promised to cover his legal bills and finding that fees he racked up as a result of the criminal investigation into his conduct weren’t the company’s responsibility. Michael Cohen said in the lawsuit, filed in March 2019, that the Trump Organization owed him at least $1.9 million for the cost of his defense.news.yahoo.com
Trump exposed as prosecutors make first move in high-stakes chess game
The charges against Allen Weisselberg might seem small fry, but the threat to those higher up the food chain is mounting Trump at the US-Mexico border on Wednesday, when Weisselberg reportedly surrendered to authorities. The charges represent the start of a process that could crack the secretive Trump empire wide open. Photograph: Reuters Michael Cohen sounded giddy on the latest episode of his podcast, Mea Culpa. Allen Weisselberg, a key lieutenant to Donald Trump, Cohen’s former boss, was abounews.yahoo.com
NY prosecutors interview Cohen an 8th time in Trump inquiry
Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for Donald Trump, arrives at the Manhattan District Attorney's office, Friday, March 19, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK – Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was interviewed on Friday for an eighth time by New York prosecutors investigating the former president's finances. Cohen met with investigators at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office amid a swirl of new activity in the the criminal inquiry, including fresh subpoenas and face-to-face meetings with key witnesses. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. also is scrutinizing hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf. AdHis office is now in possession of eight years of Trump’s tax records after a lengthy legal battle.
Trump's taxes in hand, Manhattan DA's probe heats up
FILE - In this Friday Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., center, leaves Criminal Court in New York. New York prosecutors are asking new questions about former President Donald Trump's Seven Springs estate in Mount Kisco, N.Y., trying to determine whether the value of the century-old mansion was improperly inflated to reduce the former president's taxes. AdIn a recent interview with Cohen, investigators asked questions about Trump's Seven Springs estate as part of an inquiry into whether the value of the 213-acre Westchester County property was improperly inflated to reduce his taxes. Ad“The work continues,” Vance wrote, echoing his short statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that he could have Trump's tax records. The amount was based on a professional appraisal that valued the full Seven Springs property at $56.5 million as of Dec. 1, 2015.
Claimed value of sleepy NY estate could come to haunt Trump
The Seven Springs, a property owned by former U.S. President Donald Trump, is covered in snow, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Meyer's daughter, the late Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, was married at Seven Springs in 1940. The amount was based on a professional appraisal that valued the full Seven Springs property at $56.5 million as of Dec. 1, 2015. AdCohen testified that Trump had financial statements saying Seven Springs was worth $291 million as of 2012. Along with the mansion, Seven Springs has a Tudor-style home once owned by ketchup magnate H.J.
What NY prosecutors could learn from Trump's tax records
Vance Jr. fought for a year and a half to get access to former President Donald Trumps tax records. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)NEW YORK – Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. fought for a year and a half to get access to former President Donald Trump’s tax records. Whether Trump's records will contain evidence of a crime is uncertain. It isn’t clear, though, whether Trump’s tax records will add much to that part of the probe. “They'll look at the billings of attorneys to see what their expenses were for.”Monday's ruling does not ensure the public will see Trump's financial records.
Riot lawsuit just part of Trump's post-impeachment problems
The former "Apprentice" contestant is trying to get her defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump moving again now that he's no longer president. Federal prosecutors in Washington, meanwhile, have charged some 200 Trump supporters with crimes related to the riot, including more serious conspiracy charges. There has been no indication that Trump would be charged in the riot though prosecutors have said they are looking at all angles. The same U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan also appears to have moved on from its investigation of Trump’s inaugural committee. Recently, her office has won a series of court rulings forcing Trump’s company and a law firm it hired to turn over troves of records.
Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen, once foes, talk Trump
When Donald Trump left the White House in January 2021, he remained "Individual-1" in the federal campaign finance crimes case against his former attorney, Michael Cohen. The prosecution stemmed from six-figure payments Cohen arranged to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, to keep them quiet during the campaign about alleged affairs with Trump. Federal prosecutors charged Cohen with skirting campaign contribution rules by arranging the hush-money payment to Daniels and a similar payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal. Cohen and Daniels are united not only in infamy but deep regret over Trump. “I’ve been face to face with evil in the most intimate way,” Daniels said.
What of 'Individual-1'? Feds' Trump campaign case is 'dead'
When Donald Trump left the White House in January 2021, he remained "Individual-1" in the federal campaign finance crimes case against his former attorney, Michael Cohen. The prosecution stemmed from six-figure payments Cohen arranged to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, to keep them quiet during the campaign about alleged affairs with Trump. Trump himself had been publicly implicated by prosecutors as complicit in Cohen's campaign finance crimes during his 2016 run for office. The attorney spoke on the condition of anonymity because prosecutors have not discussed the case publicly. The Manhattan prosecutor’s probe includes a look at the 2016 hush-money payoffs.
NY prosecutors interview Michael Cohen about Trump finances
FILE - In this March 6, 2019 file photo, Michael Cohen returns to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. New York prosecutors conducted an hours-long interview Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, with Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, asking a range of questions about Trump's business dealings, according to three people familiar with the meeting. Scott Applewhite, File)NEW YORK – New York prosecutors conducted an hourslong interview Thursday of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, asking a range of questions about Trump's business dealings, according to three people familiar with the meeting. The interview, at least the second of Cohen by the Manhattan district attorney's office, comes amid a long-running grand jury investigation into Trump's business dealings. Jack Weisselberg, the son of Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, is a director of Ladder Capital.
Michael Cohen writes foreword for Trump impeachment book
A bound edition about President Donald Trumps second impeachment will feature a foreword from an estranged associate _ former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Skyhorse Publishing announced that The Second Impeachment Report" comes out Feb. 9. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK – A bound edition of materials about President Donald Trump's second impeachment will feature a foreword from an estranged associate — former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Skyhorse Publishing announced that “The Second Impeachment Report: Materials in Support of H. Res. Cohen already has written a book about his falling out with Trump, the bestselling “Disloyal.” In his foreword to the new book, he writes, “We should never have to call Donald Trump ‘Mr.
New law cracks down on shell companies to combat corruption
FILE - This Thursday, June 6, 2019 file photo shows the U.S. Treasury Department building at dusk in Washington. “It required all kinds of shoe-leather investigating to identify who was really behind these shell companies,” recalled Alonso. For the first time, shell companies will be required to provide the names of their owners or face stiff penalties and jail sentences. The information will be stored in a confidential database accessible to federal law enforcement and shared with banks who are often unwitting accomplices to international corruption. Box and a registered agent who is frequently a law firm dedicated to churning out companies in bulk.
New round of Trump clemency benefits Manafort, other allies
FILE - In this Thursday, June 27, 2019 file photo, Paul Manafort arrives in court in New York. President Trump's former campaign manager is to be arraigned on state mortgage fraud charges. Manafort, who led Trump's campaign during a pivotal period in 2016 before being ousted over his ties to Ukraine, was among the first people charged as part of Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Though the charges against Manafort did not concern the central thrust of Mueller's mandate — whether the Trump campaign and Russia colluded to tip the election — he was nonetheless a pivotal figure in the investigation. Trump and the elder Kushner knew each other from real estate circles and their children were married in 2009.
Trump expected to flex pardon powers on way out door
WASHINGTON – Advocates and lawyers anticipate a flurry of clemency action from President Donald Trump in the coming weeks that could test the limits of presidential pardon power. No, Mr. President, that would be a gross abuse of the presidential pardon authority,” Schumer said. Trump then featured Johnson's story in a Super Bowl ad and pardoned her during this year's Republican National Convention. He has participated in several meetings at the White House during Trump's term as officials brainstormed potential changes to the formal clemency process. “For those people that should be free," he said, Trump's friends-and-family approach to pardons is "a deep and real tragedy."
Ousted US prosecutor Berman hired by white-shoe NY law firm
NEW YORK – Geoffrey S. Berman, the ousted federal prosecutor in Manhattan who led several investigations into President Donald Trump's allies, has been hired by a white-shoe law firm in New York. Berman will provide criminal defense in white-collar cases and work on complex commercial litigation at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, the firm announced Tuesday. The firm is “well known for its cutting-edge counsel to top tier companies and high-profile individuals,” Berman said in a statement. Fried Frank described Berman as “one of the most respected prosecutors in the United States.”Berman is also a visiting professor at Stanford Law School. “I told the attorney general that I was not interested,” Berman told the panel.
Criminal probe, legal fights await Trump after White House
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington. The president's legal entanglements are likely to intensify when leaves the White House in January 2021 and loses immunity from prosecution. The probe led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is one of several legal entanglements likely to intensify when Trump loses power — and immunity from prosecution — upon leaving the White House. Trump faces two New York state inquiries into whether he misled tax authorities, banks or business partners. Carroll says Trump raped her in the mid-1990s in a New York department store.
NY probes Trump consulting payments that reduced his taxes
FILE- In this June 13, 2017, file photo, Ivanka Trump joins her father, President Donald Trump, as they walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. If true, that wouldn’t necessarily pose a problem for Ivanka Trump herself, as long as she paid income tax on the consulting payments, which she reported publicly. The Times wrote that there was no indication Ivanka Trump is a target of either the state's or the city's investigation. James and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., both Democrats, are both conducting wide-ranging inquiries into Trump's business affairs. Vance has been involved in a long court battle seeking access to Trump's tax filings as part of the investigation.
Trump defied gravity; now falls back to earth, future TBD
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump, who defied political gravity with his extraordinary rise from reality star and businessman to the presidency, has fallen back to earth. “When Donald Trump loses there will never be a peaceful transition to power,” said Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer-turned-critic Michael Cohen. And Trump squandered it,” he said, arguing that Trump would likely be seen as “an insurgent figure,” even though 25% of the American public “will always see Donald Trump as their Rambo and John Wayne figure combined." Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has become a particular favorite with the president’s loyal supporters on the campaign trail, meaning the Trump name could endure. Many of Trump’s supporters see his influence continuing.
Appeals court hears fight over Trump tax returns — again
If the three-judge panel refuses to put a hold on the enforcement of the subpoena, Trump’s lawyers will be forced to ask the Supreme Court to prolong the legal fight. Trump’s lawyers appealed to the 2nd U.S. The Supreme Court in July ruled that the presidency in and of itself doesn’t shield Trump from the investigation, prompting Trump’s lawyers to raise new objections and start the appellate process over again. Vance's office argued in court papers this week that there's “a mountainous record” of public allegations of misconduct to support its efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns, such as news reports alleging Trump or his companies inflated or minimized the value of assets for business and tax purposes. Even if Vance does get Trump’s tax records, those would be part of a confidential grand jury investigation and not automatically be made public.
Trump lawyers: DA's fight for tax returns built on innuendo
Trump's lawyers maintain that the subpoena was issued in bad faith and is overly broad. “But this is all misdirection,” Trump’s lawyers wrote. With its decision, the Supreme Court returned the case to U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan so Trump’s lawyers could seek to block the subpoena on other grounds. Trump has said he expects the case to return to the Supreme Court, making it unlikely the dispute will be resolved before the November election. Even if Vance does get Trump’s tax records, those would be part of a confidential grand jury investigation and not automatically be made public.
Judge: Eric Trump must give NY deposition before election
State Judge Arthur Engoron said Eric Trump, an executive at the family's Trump Organization, had no legal basis to postpone a subpoena seeking his deposition testimony under oath, concluding that neither the probe nor the court were “bound by the timelines of the national election." In a court filing last week, Eric Trump’s lawyers said he was willing to comply with the subpoena, but could do so only after the Nov. 3 election. Eric Trump’s lawyers had proposed four dates for him to testify, the earliest being Nov. 19. Eric Trump switched lawyers in mid-July, Futerfas said, contributing to the need for a delay. Eric Trump did not participate in Wednesday's hearing, which was held via Skype.
Lawyers: Trump son won't testify in NY probe before election
Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign rally for his father, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Saco, Maine. The lawyers argued Eric Trump’s “extreme travel schedule” related to his father’s reelection campaign prevented him from testifying sooner in state Attorney General Letitia James’ civil probe. James sought court intervention after Eric Trump's lawyers abruptly canceled an interview with investigators that had been planned for late July. Eric Trump, the third of Trump’s five children, visited a Trump campaign field office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Thursday and attended an event titled "Fighting for Maine Lobster with Eric Trump." Eric Trump’s lawyers have proposed four dates for him to testify, the earliest being Nov. 19, which they contend is just 30 days after others are scheduled to be deposed in the investigation.
Maddow beneficiary of scramble for attention by authors
NEW YORK – It's high season for books that pick apart Donald Trump's presidency, and Rachel Maddow is a big beneficiary. With less than two months before the election, authors are elbowing each other for space on the best-seller lists. Conservative authors have also sought attention for new books during the political season. That was the case with Schmidt's book. Maddow gave more attention to Schmidt's discussion about why Trump's personal and business dealings with Russia have not been investigated.
South Africa's ruling party rejects Trump comment on Mandela
JOHANNESBURG The report that U.S. President Donald Trump made crude, disparaging remarks about Nelson Mandela, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning former leader, has drawn an angry response from South Africa's ruling party and others. South Africa's ruling African National Congress party said Tuesday that Trump is not fit to comment on Mandela's accomplishments. You dont have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.The U.S. ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, responded to the controversy with a diplomatically worded statement. I have discussed South Africa with President Trump many times, and he has only ever spoken positively about the country," said Marks. "The U.S. remains committed to working together with South Africa to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa.
Cohen memoir casts him as 'star witness' against Trump
But I bet theyd think its cool that I slept with a porn star.The White House called Cohen's memoir fan fiction." It seemed to them that I wouldnt listen to anyone, not even the people who loved me most, as I gradually gave up control of my mind to Trump, Cohen writes. I was the canary in the coal mine for the millions of Americans who are still mesmerized by the power of Trump, Cohen writes. The memoir offers an introspective and at times self-loathing apology for the role Cohen played in Trump's political ascent. This story is all I have left for my wife, my children and the country I love so much, Cohen writes.
Cohen memoir casts him as 'star witness' against Trump
FILE - In this March 6, 2019 file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, returns to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. But I bet theyd think its cool that I slept with a porn star.The White House called Cohen's memoir fan fiction." It seemed to (my family) that I wouldnt listen to anyone, not even the people who loved me most, as I gradually gave up control of my mind to Trump, Cohen writes. In a far more personal episode, Cohen writes of Trump leering at Cohens then-15-year-old daughter at Trumps New Jersey golf club in 2012. This story is all I have left for my wife, my children and the country I love so much, Cohen writes.
Experts: Cohen may profit from criminal exploits in tell-all
FILE - This July 24, 2020, file photo shows Michael Cohen, center, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, returning to his apartment, in New York, after being released from prison. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK When Michael Cohen testified before Congress last year, Republican lawmakers worried aloud that President Donald Trump's former fixer would parlay the spectacle and his criminal exploits into a bestseller. It pains me that we are sitting here adding another chapter to his book," said Rep. Carol Miller of West Virginia. The New York Attorney General's Office declined to comment. Cohen was released to home confinement in July and the government lifted a ban on him speaking publicly.
Court shields Trump tax returns, likely until after election
With a temporary stay in place and Trump expecting a return to the Supreme Court, it's unlikely that the case will be resolved or any tax returns will be turned over before the November election. Trump's lawyers argued that a stay keeping the tax returns under wraps will protect him from irreparable harm such as leaks from secret grand jury proceedings while they appeal a lower-court ruling two weeks ago that granted Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office access to Trump's tax returns. At that stage, Trump's lawyers argued that the subpoena was issued in bad faith, overly broad, might have been politically motivated and amounted to harassment. Were not allowed to make that public, which is what has led to his speculation about the grand jury scope. Trump is the only modern president who has refused to release his tax returns.
Once-powerful NY lawmaker due to surrender for prison term
FILE- In this July 27, 2018 file photo, former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, right, arrives at federal court in New York. In a handwritten letter to the judge, Silver had asked that he be spared a prison term that would cause him to die in prison. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK Following years of fending off going to prison, former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is about to begin serving time. His conviction in federal court in Manhattan was overturned on appeal before he was convicted again in 2018. The federal prison in Otisville is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from New York City, tucked in the lush countryside south of the Catskill Mountains.
Falwell says wife had affair, family faced blackmail attempt
FILE -This Wednesday Nov. 28, 2018 file photo shows Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr., right, and his wife, Becky during after a town hall at a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell Jr. says he is seeking help for the "emotional toll" from an affair his wife had with a man who he says later threatened his family. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Falwell says wife had affair, family faced blackmail attempt
Jerry Falwell Jr., right, and his wife, Becky during after a town hall at a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell Jr. says he is seeking help for the "emotional toll" from an affair his wife had with a man who he says later threatened his family. Falwell has said the photo was taken at a costume party during a family vacation. In his statement, Falwell said he and his wife met the man she had an affair with during a vacation over eight years ago. In that statement, the board said that the decision on whether or not to retain Falwell had not yet been made. Falwell said he was seeking mental health counseling amid the trauma" of the situation and that he remains fully devoted to his wife.
NY AG probes if President Trump inflated assets for loans
The filing also named Eric Trump and Seven Springs, a New York estate owned by the Trump family. The attorney generals office is investigating whether the Trump Organization and the president improperly inflated the value of assets to secure loans and obtain economic and tax benefits. Investigators are looking into whether the Trump Organization and its agents improperly inflated the value of the Seven Springs north of the city. Emails seeking comment were sent to lawyers for the Trump Organization and Eric Trump. James' office issued subpoenas to the Trump Organization and to Seven Springs LLC in December 2019, seeking financial documents, the filing said.
Michael Cohen offers glimpse of tell-all Trump book
NEW YORK Michael Cohen's memoir about President Donald Trump will be released Sept. 8 by Skyhorse Publishing, which confirmed the news Thursday to The Associated Press. It is a story that you havent read in newspapers, or on social media, or watched on television. Cohen is completing the last two years of a three-year prison sentence at home after pleading guilty to campaign finance charges and lying to Congress. He has said that Trump directed him to make the payments. Skyhorse has a history of taking on books by controversial public figures, including a memoir this spring by Woody Allen that had been dropped by Hachette Book Group.
Lawyer: Michael Cohen has offer to be a political consultant
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, returns to his apartment after being released from prison, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ordered Cohen released on parole saying he believes the government retaliated against him for writing a book about Trump. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK President Donald Trumps former personal lawyer has been offered work as a consultant and to make media appearances for a political action committee, his lawyer said Wednesday. Michael Cohen hopes to accept the offer to work on the committees behalf, attorney Danya Perry told U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in a letter aimed at ensuring the judge does not object. Cohen, 53, began serving the sentence in May 2019 after pleading guilty to campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress, among other charges.
US government drops effort to silence Trump's ex-lawyer
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, returns to his apartment after being released from prison, Friday, July 24, 2020, in New York. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ordered Cohen released on parole saying he believes the government retaliated against him for writing a book about Trump. An agreement between lawyers for the government and Cohen attorney Danya Perry lifting the media ban that had prevented Cohen from speaking publicly awaited a signature by a federal judge. U.S. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein last week ordered him released, saying the governments action was retaliatory and a violation of his First Amendment rights. In a written declaration, Cohen said his book will provide graphic and unflattering details about the Presidents behavior behind closed doors.