Michael Cohen is an American attorney and businessman. He acted as Special Counsel to President Donald J. Trump from 2017-2018 and as Executive VP for the Trump Organization before then. Cohen lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
This book almost didn't see the light of day as government officials tried to bar its publication. I make the finding 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 to discuss anything about the book or anything else he wants on social media and with others. -Federal District Court Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein Trump has tried to stop the publication of unflattering books about him before, including his very recent and unsuccessful attempts to silence his former national security advisor John Bolton and Mary Trump, the President's niece. But the attempted suppression of Cohen's book is different from prior efforts because it uses (and abuses) DOJs hammer of incarceration. -Jennifer Rodgers, CNN Was federal law enforcement punishing Cohen because he'd worked on a book critical of the president? Was the White House responsible for orchestrating Cohen's re-imprisonment? Was Team Trump pulling levers to silence the president's former fixer ahead of the election? -Steve Benen, MSNBC 'JUDGE ORDERS COHEN RELEASED, CITING RETALIATION OVER TELL-ALL BOOK.' A judge agreed that federal officials had returned Michael D. Cohen to prison because he wanted to publish a book about President Trump. -The New York Times The idea that Michael Cohen is sitting in solitary confinement because he won't sign papers committing not to publish a book is unfathomable. This is the United States of America. We don't send people to solitary confinement because they want to write a book. -Alan Dershowitz, author of The Case Against Impeaching Trump Michael Cohen's book to allege Trump made racist comments about Obama and Nelson Mandela, lawsuit says. -Washington Post