Bureau of Prison officials in New York gave their bosses in Washington, DC, a heads up before hauling Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, back to prison late last week, a law enforcement official told CNN.
New York prison officials reached out to Washington after Cohen balked at a provision in a home confinement agreement that prohibited his engagement with the media, but before he was led away in shackles by US Marshals, the official said.
The decision to detain Cohen was ultimately the call of local Bureau of Prison officials, the official said, noting that the call to counterparts in Washington was only out of courtesy and not because of any political interference.
“Nobody in BOP ever discussed what his conditions should be,” the official said. “Nobody gave direction on how to handle Michael Cohen as far as BOP was concerned.”
Bureau of Prison officials did not respond to a request for comment.
Cohen’s lawyers have said the former Trump attorney never said he wouldn’t sign and was merely exploring his negotiation options. Cohen adviser Lanny Davis has alleged that the provision was added because of a tell-all book Cohen is writing about his years working with the President and suggested there was political influence in the decision to remand him.
“There is nothing about the Bureau of Prisons jurisdiction, meaning to secure prisoners even under home confinement, that has anything to do with the contents of a book a