If you were facing serious prison time, you’d do anything to cooperate with investigators, right? Most anyone would, and that’s why we can’t blame Michael Cohen for trying even harder to provide Congress with whatever he’s got.
According to CNN, Cohen has informed Congress he can give them more juicy information regarding his relationship with Trump and his campaign during the 2016 presidential election. If he was to testify again before Congress, he’d be able to stay out of prison even longer. Cohen goes to Washington is basically his get out of jail free card.
Apparently, Cohen’s lawyers have more evidence that Congress would take great interest in.
‘Cohen is asking for additional time — and congressional help — to persuade the Southern District of New York to allow him to postpone reporting to jail in order to review the files. Cohen’s lawyers wrote in the letter, obtained by CNN, they hoped Cohen would receive a reduced term, and that the May 6 date Cohen is scheduled to report to prison “will be substantially postponed while he is fully cooperating with prosecutors and Congress.”
‘He is asking top Democrats on the committees where he testified to write letters outlining his cooperation that he could use to lobby prosecutors for a lesser sentence.’
We can’t blame him for trying. However, he needs to serve time as he did the crime, right?
Furthermore, Republicans in Congress aren’t going to go for it and will probably use this against him. Republicans have consistently used the fact that Cohen lied to Congress at his first hearing as a reason to not believe him the second time. Don’t expect Republicans to go for it if he gets a third appearance especially with him appearing so desperate.
Even Trump called Cohen’s testimony a “fake hearing.”
That’s why Cohen’s attorneys shared that they did not bother addressing the letters to any Republicans.
Lawyers added in their letter to Congress:
‘However, with 30 days left before he surrenders to prison, time is no longer a luxury he is capable of.’
Cohen faces three years in prison after being convicted for several financial crimes and for also, funnily enough, lying to Congress.
After his second testimony, what else could Cohen add that would score him a reduced sentence? Apparently, according to his lawyers, they found a hard drive with millions of files that he was not able to properly comb through when first searching for evidence. His attorneys emphasized this in their letter.
‘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.’
Will this help Cohen out? There’s a good possibility that it wouldn’t. Prosecutors weren’t interested in giving Cohen a break for cooperating back when he was convicted. CNN added:
‘In prosecutors’ statements in court and their sentencing submission, they stressed that Cohen shouldn’t be considered a cooperating witness. Cohen did assist the special counsel’s investigation, they said, but he “repeatedly declined to provide full information about the scope of any additional criminal conduct in which he may have engaged or had knowledge.’
Basically, he’d give Mueller more information on Trump but wouldn’t incriminate himself.
Do we hope that Cohen will be able to provide the hard drive to Congress? Considering Attorney General Bill Bar is trying to downplay the Mueller report, which reportedly is more incriminating than he makes out, it’s absolutely necessary for Congress and Americans to gain the full scope of Trump’s crimes and misdeeds. However, do we feel Cohen should serve the time he was sentenced to? Totally. He lied repeatedly and only cooperated when it sunk in he was going to prison. It would be one thing had he cooperated from the very beginning; however, he didn’t. He only began to cooperate when he saw Trump didn’t have his back and he’d be serving three years in prison for that.
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