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Trump says he's not concerned with contents of Michael Cohen's hard drive

Michael Cohen offers Democrats new evidence against Donald Trump in bid to delay prison Former Trump lawyer Cohen says assisting with more probes
Patty Aguilar | 06 April, 2019, 18:44

"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", attorneys Lanny Davis, Michael Monico and Carly Chocron wrote.

According to the letter, "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", something he can not do if he's in prison.

They have asked for more time and help from Congress to persuade the Southern District of NY to allow Cohen to postpone reporting to jail in order to review his files.

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.

Along with their letter to key House Democrats was a 12-page memo and more than 100 pages worth of documents, which was obtained by BuzzFeed News, that Cohen's attorneys said provides further evidence detailing their client's claims he was directed by Trump to lie to Congress. "For him to surrender in 30 days would be a detriment to committees search for truth, as well as a miscarriage of justice". But he turned against Trump previous year and is cooperating with prosecutors after pleading guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. He appeared before three congressional panels earlier this year, accusing Mr. Trump of financial fraud and orchestrating hush money payments to women who alleged having affairs with the president.

He was originally scheduled to report to prison in early March, but that date was pushed back two months as he prepared for his congressional testimony.

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Smollett said he was attacked by two men, who doused him with a chemical and put a noose around his neck in January. The lawyers will also request testimony from the Osundairo brothers' attorneys, Gloria Schmidt and Jorge Rodriguez.

Cohen's attorneys wrote the letters were not sent to Republicans, but they were "willing to do so" if any were interested in the information he could provide. "He's old news", Trump told CNN's Joe Johns at the White House Friday morning.

"Cohen explained that he was, in effect, instructed to lie about the January 31, 2016 date through the use of Trump code words that could only be interpreted as an instruction or 'directive, '" the memo says, "to cover-up the fact that Cohen had been in contact with Russians during most of the presidential campaign, from the day of the Iowa caucuses, February 1, through all the primaries and caucuses and until June 2016, after Trump had become the putative Republican nominee by assembling a majority of delegates". Working alone, Mr. Cohen has only had the time to go through less than | percent of the drive, or approximately 3,500 files. They also asked them to note the "substantial trove of new information" Cohen could share "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".

Republican Representatives Jim Jordan (rear, left) and Mark Meadows (rear, right) speak during testimony by Michael Cohen, a former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, before the House Oversight Committee, on Capitol Hill, on February 27.

Heavily redacted records show FBI was investigating President Trump's former attorney before raid; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.

In prosecutors' statements in court and their sentencing submission, they stressed that Cohen shouldn't be considered a cooperating witness.

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