Cohen’s attorneys Lanny Davis and Michael Monico instructed lawmakers in a letter Thursday that Cohen has found substantial recordsdata on a tough drive that may be useful to investigators.
Cohen is asking for extra time — and congressional assist — to influence the Southern District of New York to permit him to postpone reporting to jail as a way to assessment the recordsdata. Cohen’s attorneys wrote within the letter, obtained by CNN, they hoped Cohen would obtain a decreased time period, and that the Could 6 date Cohen is scheduled to report back to jail “will likely be considerably postponed whereas he’s totally cooperating with prosecutors and Congress.”
He’s asking high Democrats on the committees the place he testified to write down letters outlining his cooperation that he may use to foyer prosecutors for a lesser sentence.
“We hope that this memorandum demonstrates that Mr. Cohen must be readily accessible and instantly accessible to offer ongoing help to Congress to ensure that it to meet its government department oversight obligations. Mr. Cohen was solely just lately capable of entry a tough drive with vital paperwork,” the letter states.
“Nonetheless, with 30 days left earlier than he surrenders to jail, time is now not a luxurious he’s able to,” Cohen’s attorneys added.
Cohen testified on Capitol Hill earlier this 12 months and accused President Donald Trump of monetary fraud and directing hush-money funds to girls alleging affairs.
Cohen was sentenced final 12 months to 3 years in jail for monetary crimes, marketing campaign finance violations and mendacity to Congress. He was initially scheduled to report back to jail in early March, however that date was pushed again two months as he ready for his congressional testimony.
It isn’t clear which committees obtained letters from Cohen, or what they plan to do in response. The Democrats who lead the three committees the place Cohen testified declined remark or didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Cohen’s attorneys wrote the letters weren’t despatched to Republicans, however they had been “prepared to take action” if any had been within the info he may present.
Republicans on a number of of the committees the place Cohen testified have accused the President’s former private lawyer of mendacity when he appeared, together with Cohen’s statements that he by no means requested a pardon from Trump and that he didn’t desire a job within the White Home. Prime Republicans on the Home Oversight Committee have referred Cohen to the Justice Division to analyze.
Cohen offered a number of monetary paperwork to corroborate his accusations in opposition to Trump, together with a $35,000 reimbursement examine signed by Trump that was displayed throughout his public testimony. Cohen’s attorneys wrote that his testimony has sparked new requests for info and help from each Congress and New York state authorities.
However now Cohen is claiming he had discovered a brand new exhausting drive that comprises thousands and thousands of further recordsdata.
“Working alone, Mr. Cohen has solely had the time to undergo lower than 1 p.c of the drive, or roughly 3,500 recordsdata,” Cohen’s attorneys wrote. “Mr. Cohen wants time, assets, and help to separate out privileged and private paperwork from these 14 million recordsdata to make the remainder accessible for assessment by numerous congressional committees.”
When Cohen was sentenced in December to 3 years in jail, the Manhattan US Legal professional’s workplace didn’t give Cohen a cooperation settlement that might have helped scale back his sentence.
In prosecutors’ statements in courtroom and their sentencing submission, they harassed that Cohen should not be thought of a cooperating witness. Cohen did help the particular counsel’s investigation, they mentioned, however he “repeatedly declined to offer full details about the scope of any further felony conduct by which he might have engaged or had data.”
Within the Manhattan US Legal professional’s workplace, defendants who wish to enter right into a cooperation settlement are sometimes required to reveal that info to prosecutors.