Cohen's attorney offers new evidence in bid to postpone client's jail sentence

President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE’s former attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenMichael Cohen to sell prison badge as NFT Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to omicron variant Cohen says Weisselberg not 'key' to Trump case MORE is offering new information to Congress in a bid to postpone his jail sentence, according to a new letter and from his attorneys and a statement released Thursday.

Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis said Thursday evening that Cohen had recently obtained a hard drive containing "14 million files" related to his personal business and the Trump Organization that investigators could be interested in viewing, while cautioning that Cohen heading to prison would disrupt his ability to provide Congress with information.


"Michael Cohen’s recent public and closed-door testimony to Congressional committees has triggered additional areas for investigation by law enforcement authorities and the Congress," Davis said.

“For him to surrender in 30 days would be a detriment to committees search for truth, as well as a miscarriage of justice,” Davis said.

In a letter to Democratic lawmakers on Thursday first reported by CNN, Cohen’s lawyers wrote that he offered the new information and asked for assistance convincing prosecutors he deserves a reduced sentence as well as postponed jail time.

"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," Cohen's attorneys wrote, according to the letter.

The letter was also accompanied by a 133-page memo laying out the documentary evidence that Cohen has provided to Congress in the course of his cooperation; much of it rehashes Cohen’s public testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 27.

During that testimony, Cohen implicated Trump in a scheme to pay off women who claimed they had affairs with him before the 2016 election and detailed other nefarious activity by Trump. The president has accused Cohen of lying and denied any wrongdoing.

The letter also asserts that Cohen’s testimony gave the House Ways and Means Committee a “basis” to seek six years of Trump’s business and personal tax returns, which the committee did earlier this week.

The letter states that Cohen recently located a hard drive with more than 14 million files including emails, voice recordings, images and attachments from his computers and phones. It notes that he has only been able to sift through a fraction of the hard drive, and that he needs “time resources, and assistance to separate out privileged and personal documents” to provide them to congressional investigators.

Cohen is set to begin a three-year prison sentence on May 6 for various financial crimes, campaign finance violations and other charges for which he pleaded guilty last year.

The longtime associate of Trump testified in front of the Oversight and Reform Committee in February, during which he characterized his former boss as a "con man" and a "racist."

Republican allies of the president have repeatedly accused Cohen of lying during his testimony and asked that he be investigated for perjury. Cohen already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about discussions about building a Trump property in Moscow as part of a deal to  cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE, who concluded his Russia investigation late last month.

Cohen separately testified privately before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as part of their ongoing investigations into Russian interference.

The letter sent Thursday does not say specifically which lawmakers received it but notes that it was sent to “various Democratic Members of the applicable committees.”

This story was updated at 9:49 a.m.