Sunday, 20 January, 2019


Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress in February

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen will testify publicly before Congress ahead of entering prison Michael Cohen President Trump's former lawyer leaves federal court after his sentencing in Manhattan last month
Bennie Garza | 11 January, 2019, 01:01

In a press release, Cummings said, "I thank Michael Cohen for agreeing to testify before the Oversight Committee voluntarily".

After Cohen was sentenced, Lanny Davis, an attorney who has been advising him on his media strategy, said Cohen wanted to speak publicly about Trump.

Michael Cohen, a former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, is scheduled to testify before the House oversight committee next month regarding his work for the president. Now it is Cohen who is going away, due to be incarcerated in FCI-Otisville, a medium-security federal prison in NY.

The payments made or orchestrated to women during the campaign - to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal - to stay silent about alleged sexual encounters with Trump are also sure to be a hot topic at the congressional hearing.

Cohen, Mr Trump's self-described longtime "fixer", pleaded guilty to charges including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations in August and admitted to making false statements to Congress in November.

Cohen said that he would bury the reporter under financial problems forever, saying "what I'm going to do to you is going to be f*cking disgusting", and adding that it wasn't possible by definition to rape one's spouse, a comment he was later compelled to apologize for making. Most relevant are the details concerning the hush payments to two women who claim to have had sexual affairs with Trump and information on the Trump campaign's dealings with Russian Federation. He said he's speaking with Mueller's office to prevent that. He added, "As a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better".

Others in Trump's personal orbit are also facing scrutiny, and House Democrats, having retaken the majority earlier this month, now have subpoena power. But federal prosecutors recommended a "substantial term of imprisonment" for Cohen, saying he "repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends" and claiming that his cooperation with Mueller was "overstated".

The House Intelligence Committee has been seeking a closed-door session with Cohen to discuss Russia-related matters.

"Recently, the president tweeted a statement calling me 'weak, ' and he was correct, but for a much different reason than he was implying", Cohen said at the time. Cohen spoke in 2017 to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees - and later pleaded guilty to lying to them about the Trump Tower Moscow timeline - and both have indicated they want to speak to him again before he begins his jail sentence in March.

In a statement, Cohen said he accepted the invitation to appear from Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the committee's chairman, "i$3 n furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers".

The special counsel's questioning of Cohen, one of the president's closest associates over the past decade, has since focused primarily on all aspects of Trump's dealings with Russian Federation - business and otherwise - sources familiar with the matter told ABC News, as well as whether Trump or any of his associates discussed with Cohen the possibility of a pardon.

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