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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen taken into custody

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Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, was taken into custody on Thursday, according to a lawyer for Cohen.

Cohen, 53, was released from a federal prison in May due to concerns over possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

FILE PHOTO: Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at his Manhattan apartment after being released from federal prison to serve the remainder of his sentence under home confinement in New York City, New York, U.S., May 21, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

He had completed about a year of a three-year sentence for his role in hush money payments to two women, as well as for financial crimes and lying to Congress.

The women – pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougall – said they had sexual relationships with Trump. The president has denied having relationships with either woman.

Cohen, who had originally been eligible for release in November 2021, had been expected to serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement, two sources familiar with the case said on condition of anonymity at the time of his May release.

Cohen, who once said he would “take a bullet” for Trump, later turned on his former boss and cooperated with Democratic-led congressional inquiries. Trump has called Cohen a “rat.” Cohen has called Trump a “racist,” a “con man” and “a cheat.”

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