In a new report from CNN, Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer and “fixer” for Donald Trump, is making a last-ditch plea to Congressional Democrats to help him stay out of prison until he can finish cooperating with investigators.
Cohen is not seeking a deferral of his sentence — although he certainly would not turn such a thing down, we can presume — but rather a postponement for his ordered date to report to prison. He would use the time, he says, to review a trove he discovered of “substantial files on a hard drive that might be helpful to investigators.”
Cohen’s own lawyers, Lanny Davis and Michael Monico, wrote in a letter to Congressional investigators that they hoped the release of relevant files would persuade Democrats to intercede on his behalf with the Southern District of New York, allowing him to possibly get his sentence reduced, and to delay his scheduled May 6 sentence commencement.
We hope that this memorandum demonstrates that Mr. Cohen needs to be readily accessible and immediately available to provide ongoing assistance to Congress in order for it to fulfill its executive branch oversight responsibilities. Mr. Cohen was only recently able to access a hard drive with important documents. However, with 30 days left before he surrenders to prison, time is no longer a luxury he is capable of.”
Cohen’s team says that he was only recently able to access the hard drive, which is said to contain at least 14 million files, among which could be additional evidence of interest to investigators:
Working alone, Mr. Cohen has only had the time to go through less than 1 percent of the drive, or approximately 3,500 files. Mr. Cohen needs time, resources, and assistance to separate out privileged and personal documents from these 14 million files to make the rest available for review by various congressional committees.”
The files are presumed to be of the same caliber of evidence that Cohen produced prior to his testimony before the House Oversight Committee in February, which included copies of checks that corroborated his account of having facilitated “hush money” payments directly on behalf of Trump during the campaign in 2016.
Those check copies essentially confirmed that Trump had been lying for nearly two years to literally everyone who asked, including deceiving the public about his knowledge of the payments.
Additional evidence like that might even overshadow the eventual release of the Mueller Report.
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