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Michael Cohen Asks SCOTUS to Reinstate Trump Lawsuit

Michael Cohen asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to revive a lawsuit accusing former President Donald Trump and some Trump administration officials of retaliating against him when he sought release from federal prison.

Cohen served time after a federal judge in Manhattan sentenced him in 2018 to three years in prison for various crimes, including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress. He was released to house arrest during the COVID-19 pandemic but was sent back to prison after he defied a parole condition that required him to forgo criticizing Trump, who was president at the time. Cohen had been writing a book criticizing Trump.

A judge ultimately allowed Cohen to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest. But the judge dismissed his lawsuit against the former president, and in January an appellate panel declined to reopen the case.

PHOTO: Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, leaves his apartment building on his way to a criminal courthouse in Manhattan, New York, May 14, 2024. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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“Thus, in its current form, this case exemplifies the principle that presidents and their subordinates can lock up critics of the executive branch without consequence. This cannot be the law of the land that the Founding Fathers created by throwing off the yoke of a monarch,” Cohen’s petition to the Supreme Court says.

Michael Cohen asks SCOTUS to reopen Trump lawsuit originally published on abcnews.go.com