On Feb. 20, 2019, a federal judge agreed to delay for two months the date Michael Cohen must report to prison. Cohen’s lawyer said his client required more time to recover from recent surgery and prepare to testify before Congress.
US District Court Judge William Pauley granted Cohen and extension until May 6. Initially, he was scheduled to start his prison sentence on March 6.
Cohen’s prison sentence is for three years, and he was found guilty on nine charges including hush money payments he used to silence two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump.
It was also announced on Feb 20 that Cohen would testify in front of Congress in a public hearing on Feb. 27. Initially, he was scheduled to testify on Feb. 7 but canceled due to threats by Trump against his family.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) released a memo on Feb. 20 saying Cohen’s testimony would primarily be about the hush money payments, Trump’s compliance with tax laws, actual or potential conflicts of interest, business practices, and the accuracy of Trump’s statements.
On Feb. 28, Cohen will testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing.
Trump tweeted in Dec. 2018 that Cohen was “rat” for cooperating with prosecutors and Congress. Cohen described himself as his personal fixer who would take a bullet for the President.
Written by Barbara Sobel
CNBC: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to testify before US House oversight panel next week
The Wall Street Journal: Ex-Trump Lawyer to Testify at Open House Hearing Feb. 27
Daily Mail: Michael Cohen gets a two month REPRIEVE from prison and doesn’t have to report until May, citing shoulder surgery and congressional testimony as reason he needs delay
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