He’s only got a little more than a month before he is set to report to prison, and former Trump fixer Michael Cohen is asking House Democrats to help keep him out of jail.
In a letter sent to lawmakers Thursday, Cohen’s legal team said he was still sorting through documents in his personal files that might be of interest to House Democrats investigating President Trump, including emails, voice recordings, images and other documents on a hard drive.
Cohen’s letter was sent to a number of Trump’s opponents including Reps. Adam Schiff of California, Jerry Nadler of New York, Maxine Waters of California and Elijah Cummings of Maryland, all Democrats.
“To date, Mr. Cohen has located several documents that we believe have significant value to the various congressional oversight and investigation committees,” wrote the attorneys, Lanny Davis, Michael Monico and Carly Chocron.
Davis had served as former-President Bill Clinton special counsel in the 1990s, including during Clinton’s impeachment. He supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
The lawyers said if Cohen has been going through the documents alone, without any help, and if he reports to prison May 6 as scheduled, he won’t be able to finish reviewing the material.
They asked the lawmakers to write letters saying that Cohen was cooperating and that “the substantial trove of new information, documents, recordings, and other 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.”
Cohen pleaded guilty last year to tax evasion, fraud, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations. He has already received one short delay on medical grounds while he recovered from shoulder surgery.
In their letter to lawmakers, Cohen’s lawyers said they were hoping that federal prosecutors in New York not only would back another delay in the start of his prison term, but also would agree to reopen his case and advocate for a lighter sentence. He has been sentenced to a three-year term.
“It is our hope that the authorities in the Southern District of New York will consider this total picture of cooperation by Mr. Cohen, verified by your letter and the important new evidence he has made available or could make available to assist the government, and the particular facts involved here to grant Mr. Cohen a reduced term following the rules and procedures of the Southern District of New York.”