Trump ex-lawyer Michael Cohen gets 2-month delay to start prison term

by Kim Boateng Posted on February 20th, 2019

Washington: A federal judge granted Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, two additional months of freedom on Wednesday before he must surrender to federal prison.

Cohen pleaded guilty last year to charges that included campaign-finance violations for paying hush money to women who claimed to have had sex with Trump and for lying to Congress about the extent of negotiations for a Trump Tower in Russia. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Cohen had been scheduled to report to prison March 6. U.S. District Judge William Pauley agreed Wednesday to delay that until May 6.

Cohen recently had “a serious surgical procedure” and needs more time for recovery, according to a two-page letter from his lawyer, Michael Monico.

Cohen underwent serious shoulder surgery and needs more time for physical therapy, according to a statement from his lawyers, Monico, Barry Spevack and Lanny Davis.

“In addition, he will be able to prepare for the expected testimony next week before congressional committees, which he welcomes,” the statement said.

Three congressional committees have also sought Cohen’s testimony. The House and Senate intelligence committees, and the House Oversight and Reform Committee, each wanted to hear from him before he goes to prison. Cohen is spending substantial time preparing for the testimony, which limited his time with family before serving time, Monico said.

Pauley granted the request without comment for Cohen to surrender himself at a federal prison in Otisville, New York.

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