Cohen was taken into custody after meeting with probation officials in NY in the morning, Lanny Davis, one of his legal advisers, told reporters on a conference call.
According to Levine, who said he had "never seen any language like this in my life", when Cohen refused to sign the agreement the U.S. Marshals Service came in and ordered his client back to jail for failing to agree with the terms of home confinement.
Adler also suggested it was "unsettling and coincidental" that Cohen's return back into custody came on the same day that the Supreme Court ruled Trump couldn't block the release of his tax returns. The former Trump lawyer had originally been released from prison in May due to the coronavirus pandemic and "was in the process of being placed into home confinement" to continue serving his three-year prison sentence from home, the spokesperson said, but he was ultimately taken back into custody because he did not agree with the terms for home confinement.
Cohen's convictions were related to crimes including dodging taxes on $4 million in income from his taxi business, lying during congressional testimony about the timing of discussions around an abandoned plan to build a Trump Tower in Russian Federation, and orchestrating payments to two women to keep them from talking publicly about alleged affairs with Trump. The president denies the affairs.
Cohen once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump but later turned on his former boss and cooperated with Democratic-led congressional inquiries. Mr Trump has called Mr Cohen a "rat".
He said they were presented with an agreement that barred Cohen from having any contact with news media organizations, TV, film or book publishing outlets, or from posting on social media. "That was a point that disturbed him because he pointed out that he was able to talk to the media while he was in Otisville", said Davis.
Davis also said that he spoke with Levine after what was expected to be a probation visit on Thursday. But this May, he was released to home confinement amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in the nation's prisons.
Barr wrote in the memo that he was directing Michael Carvajal, the bureau's director, to grant eligible prisoners home confinement in certain circumstances.
Cohen later refused to commit to not pursuing a possible book deal while testifying before members of the House Oversight Committee in February 2019.