Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen said he was “congratulated” by a lawyer for the president after giving false testimony to Congress about Trump’s Russia ties during the 2016 campaign, according to BuzzFeed News. The claim was reportedly made in a 12-page memo sent by Cohen’s lawyers to House Democrats on Thursday in a bid to have the start of Cohen’s prison term postponed in exchange for further assistance in Trump-related investigations. Cohen alleges that an unnamed Trump attorney contacted him after he delivered false testimony at Trump’s instruction and said his “‘client’ was happy” with the testimony, according to BuzzFeed. In the memo, Cohen’s lawyers also reportedly hinted at new evidence, saying Cohen could be of help by sifting “through millions of his documents” that were taken in a federal raid in April 2018. The letter also reportedly asked Democrats for help in persuading prosecutors to postpone or reduce Cohen’s prison sentence, which is set to begin on May 6. The former Trump fixer was sentenced to three years late last year after pleading guilty to lying to Congress, making illegal hush-money payments, and other crimes.
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