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Tom of Temecula

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Thu Dec 7, 2023, 06:40 AM Dec 7

'Been yelling this from the rooftop': Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen issues a warning [View all]

Ex-President Donald Trump's former "fixer" Michael Cohen knows first-hand what it feels like to suffer serious consequences as a result of being closely connected to the 2024 MAGA hopeful.

Cohen served a three-year prison sentence from 2018 to 2021 "after pleading guilty to campaign finance charges and lying to Congress, among other crimes."

MSNBC's The ReidOut host Joy Reid spoke with the former Trump ally Wednesday, saying, "You're one of the few people who experienced being thrown in jail at the behest of Donald Trump." She then asked, "If you could just remind us of how that went down. You wrote a book. He didn't like it. And then what happened?"

Cohen replied, "Yeah. Then what happened was I was lured down to 500 Pearl Street, where I was asked to sign a document that was designed specifically for me that violated my First Amendment constitutional right. I was not permitted to speak to media. I couldn't write the book. I couldn't publish the book. I couldn't do work on movies. I couldn't speak to the press. It was a complete and total gag order. Well, when myself and my friend, who is a lawyer, Jeffrey K. Levine, turned around and said, 'Hey, this is a little overbroad and unconstitutional, violation' of my First Amendment right,' they had three marshals waiting outside for me, who ultimately remanded me, handcuffed and shackled, and remanded me back for another 16 days of solitary confinement at [Federal Correction Institution] FCI Otisville. So I am the very first political prisoner held by this country because I refused to waive my First Amendment constitutional right. And I've been yelling this from the rooftop now for three years, saying if they could do that to me, imagine what they can and will do to you. And unfortunately we're at this point right now in American history."


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