Michael Cohen calls for early release from prison

Michael Cohen calls for early release from prison
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Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats turn to obstruction charge Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE’s former personal attorney, is requesting an early release from prison. 

In a letter filed in a Manhattan federal court Friday, Cohen wrote that federal prosecutors were “using innuendo, conjecture, and inaccurate opinions as a basis for urging the court’s denial of the pending motion.”

He added that prosecutors who oppose reducing his prison sentence from three years to one are engaged in a campaign of “character assassination” and that they “stubbornly” refuse to note the gravity of the more than 170 hours of testimony he gave to multiple government agencies as well as congressional lawmakers.


Cohen is currently serving his sentence in a federal prison in Otisville, N.Y., after pleading guilty in 2018 to campaign finance violations and lying to Congress, among other charges. He officially began his sentence in May.

Prosecutors argued in their own court filing that the evidence Cohen offered did not include substantial enough information to warrant such a reduction.

Cohen, who had for years maintained strict loyalty to Trump before cooperating with authorities in the face of intense legal scrutiny, gave assistance to federal and state prosecutors in New York, the office of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE, and different congressional committees.

His testimony largely revolved around Trump’s reported efforts during the campaign to make payments to two women with whom he allegedly had affairs as well as Trump's dealings with Russia.