Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress in February

Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress in February

President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen said on Thursday he has agreed to testify publicly before a U.S. House of Representatives committee on February 7.

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Cohen, in an interview with ABC News in December, scoffed at that assertion.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, also said he would be seeking a closed door hearing with Cohen.

Cohen is a pivotal figure in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "The Committee will announce additional information in the coming weeks".

Cohen, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison after being charged with orchestrating illegal hush money payments to women alleging affairs with Trump during the 2016 election.

The president said he did nothing wrong in the campaign finance charge, and he accused his former lawyer of lying to prosecutors to try to get a reduced sentence.

In a December interview, Cummings, D-Md., said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he wanted Cohen to appear before Congress as soon as this month and signaled that he viewed it as a matter of extreme effect.

As Trump's longtime lawyer and "fixer", Cohen had connections to a number of the key questions surrounding the president, the Mueller probe and now the Democratic congressional investigations. Cohen also acknowledged in the Mueller investigation that he lied to Congress by saying negotiations over a Trump Tower in Moscow had ended in January 2016 when he actually pursued the project into that June, well into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump told reporters in Texas on Thursday that he's "not anxious about it at all".

"I'm not anxious about it at all", he said.

Cohen said a misplaced sense of loyalty led him to break the law for Trump.

Mr Trump acted because he "was very concerned about how this would affect the election", Cohen said.

He was sentenced last month to three years behind bars. "I think the American people just voted for transparency and integrity in our hearings". The man doesn't tell the truth.

A hearing could delve into the financial deals of the Trump Organisation as well as the Trump 2016 election campaign's dealings with Russian Federation, already being probed by the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Cohen's decision to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 7 sets the stage for a blockbuster public hearing that threatens to further damage the president's image and could clarify the depth of his legal woes.

When entering his guilty plea in court, Cohen told the judge he made the false statements "to be consistent with Individual 1's political messaging and to be loyal to Individual 1".

"There will be limitations", Cummings said. Giuliani added that while he expected House Democrats to call Cohen to testify, he thought they would wait until Mueller had completed his report. "I want to be clear on that".

"Mr. Cohen has expressed an interest in telling his personal story in open session, and we welcome his testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Reform", Schiff said in a statement.

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