The former lawyer and President Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen, who was suppose to report to prison on March 3rd, 2019, has been given a sixty-day extension a Judge said on Wednesday.
The request for the extension was filed on Cohen’s behalf by his newly hired attorney, Michael Monico of Monico & Spevack, via a two page letter.
In the letter Monico writes that “Mr. Cohen respectfully requests that the Court extend his reporting date from March 6th, 2019, for sixty days, to and including May 6th, 2019.”
He explains a more “fulsome,” letter was delivered to the Court on February 12th, 2019 under seal.
The request was made in part the lawyer explains because Cohen has recently undergone “a serious surgical procedure,” and needs “to undergo intensive post-surgical physical therapy.”
Monico also explains that Cohen “anticipates,” his being called to testify before three Congressional committees, this will require Cohen “to spend substantial time in preparation that will limit the time he has to get his affairs in order or to spend time with his family.”
According to the letter the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office agrees with the “onetime” request.
U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley has granted Cohen’s request he is now expected to report to prison on May 6th, 2019.
As a reminder: Cohen is set to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence behind closed doors on February 28th, testimony that was postponed, as CNBC News reported, he is also expected to testify publicly before the House Oversight and the Government Reform Committee, those dates have yet to be announced.
As the News Blender reported, Michael Cohen was sentence to three years in prison after having pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making a false statement to a bank and two campaign finance violations: making an unlawful corporate campaign contribution and making an excessive campaign contribution.