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July 22, 2020

By Jonathan Stempel and Karen Freifeld

(Reuters) – Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, was sent back to prison from home confinement this month because he was “antagonistic” to probation officers, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

In a court filing, prosecutors said Cohen should remain behind bars. They were responding to an emergency motion by Cohen asking a U.S. judge to allow him to return to home confinement.

His lawyers have said Cohen was returned to prison in retaliation for his plan to publish a book criticizing Trump.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan will consider Cohen’s request to be released at a hearing on Thursday.

(Reporting by Karen Freifeld; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)