Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen asks judge to reduce sentence

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen asks judge to reduce sentence
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Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenJudge rejects Michael Cohen's plea for early prison release amid coronavirus Michael Cohen cites 'absence of presidential leadership' over coronavirus in effort to move to home confinement Free Roger Stone MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE's former longtime lawyer and fixer, asked a federal judge on Wednesday to reduce his prison sentence, based in part on Cohen’s cooperation with government investigations.

Cohen’s lawyer also alleged that Trump’s Justice Department, under Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFeds distributing masks, other gear seized in price-gouging investigation to NY, NJ health care workers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All eyes on today's unemployment numbers Trump announces enhanced counternarcotics operation at coronavirus briefing MORE, has demonstrated a bias against Cohen.

Cohen is seeking to shorten his sentence from three years to one or alternatively allow him to serve out the remainder at home. He was sentenced last December and incarcerated in May after being convicted of lying to Congress and violating campaign finance and other laws.

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After sentencing, Cohen appeared before Congress to testify about work he performed for Trump. During a highly publicized congressional hearing, Cohen alleged a pattern of criminal behavior by Trump before and even during his presidency.

But Roger Bennet Adler, Cohen’s lawyer in New York, said he believes Cohen’s testimony against Trump may make it harder for his client to have his sentence reduced.

“We allege they’re not acting in good faith,” Adler said, referring to the Justice Department under Barr.

Adler said his client should get credit for his congressional testimony as he seeks a sentencing reduction. He also pointed to Cohen’s post-sentencing cooperation with the district attorney for New York County, Cyrus Vance Jr., as well as with federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.

According to Adler, however, federal prosecutors in New York have declined to back Cohen’s application for a sentencing reduction due to the attorney general’s allegiance to Trump.

“We attribute this to Attorney General Barr driving the bus and being aligned with Trump,” Adler told The Hill. “Michael Cohen is at the top of the enemies list with Lisa Page, Peter Strzork and others who have pissed off Trump through the years,” he added, a reference to the former FBI lawyer and former FBI agent, respectively, whom Trump has accused of being biased against him and of trying to undermine him during the 2016 election.

The Justice Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment.