Michael Cohen is itching to give up even more information to investigators as he tries to continue doing everything he can to help his cause as he soon faces multiple years in prison for a litany of financial crimes to which he pleaded guilty. President Donald Trump doesn’t seem bothered by what Cohen may have, CNN reports.
By: Christopher Imperio
“No. They’ve already got it. He’s old news,” Trump said at the White House Friday morning.
“He lied numerous times during his last testimony,” Trump alleged. “They’ve had that for many months.”
The revelation that Cohen can continue helping investigators came after his lawyers submitted a letter to Congressional Democrats that laid out the help Cohen could provide without giving away too many specific details. The letter that CNN was able to get started by saying “We are writing this letter in the hope that you will support Mr. Cohen’s value as a cooperating witness and the need for him to be readily accessible.”
Cohen’s lawyers argued that their client would need enough time to be able to go through the evidence he has and be available to cooperate otherwise as needed. “With 30 days left before he surrenders to prison, time is no longer a luxury he is capable of,” the letter said. Whether or not the information Cohen has proves valuable, the effort appears to be a way for Cohen to try delaying his prison term.
His legal team, led by Lanny Davis, said “Cohen was only recently able to access a hard drive with important documents. Said drive contains over 14 million files, which consist of all e-mails, voice recordings, images, and attachments from Mr. Cohen’s computers and phones. To date, Mr. Cohen has located several documents that we believe have significant value to the various congressional oversight and investigation committees. Working alone, Mr. Cohen has only had the time to go through less than 1 percent of the drive, or approximately 3,500 files.”
The lawyers sent the letter to Democrats because of the seeming lack of desire to press Cohen for further inquiry. “We are sending this memorandum and these materials to various Democratic Members of the applicable committees. We have not yet sent it to Republicans but are willing to do so if any are interested.”
Before concluding the letter, Cohen’s lawyers one more time made it clear that they believed Cohen had valuable information that would help Congress do its job and that Cohen had to stay out of prison until he is done helping. If he can provide help and delay his sentence, he could theoretically get time served for his cooperation work.
The “evidence he can provide requires substantial time with him and ready access to him by
congressional committees and staff to complete their investigations and to fulfill their oversight
responsibilities required under the Constitution as the Article I independent branch of government,” the letter said about Cohen.
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