Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former longtime lawyer and fixer, asked a federal judge on Wednesday to reduce his prison sentence, based in part on Cohen’s cooperation with government investigations.
Cohen’s lawyer also alleged that Trump’s Justice Department, under Attorney General William Barr, has demonstrated a bias against Cohen.
Cohen is seeking to shorten his sentence from three years to one or alternatively allow him to serve out the remainder at home. He was sentenced last December and incarcerated in May after being convicted of lying to Congress and violating campaign finance and other laws.
After sentencing, Cohen appeared before Congress to testify about work he performed for Trump. During a highly publicized congressional hearing, Cohen alleged a pattern of criminal behavior by Trump before and even during his presidency.
But Roger Bennet Adler, Cohen’s lawyer in New York, said he believes Cohen’s testimony against Trump may make it harder for his client to have his sentenced reduced.
“We allege they’re not acting in good faith,” Adler said, referring to the Justice Department under Barr.