Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly Before House

Elias Hubbard
January 11, 2019

It noted that the committee has "no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations", and will be consulting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller beforehand.

"In furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers, I have accepted the invitation by Chairman Elijah Cummings to appear publicly on February 7th before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform", said Cohen in a statement released through his lawyer, Lanny J. Davis.

"This is according to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the chairman of the committee releasing this statement, saying that Cohen will testify before this committee", Raju said.

Cohen, who served as Trump's attorney and fixer for years, came under scrutiny from federal prosecutors in NY over hush money payments he orchestrated during the 2016 presidential campaign to silence Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who alleged having extramarital affairs with Trump.

Cohen said he will "give a full and credible account of the events that have transpired".

The committee has a hearing with Cohen posted on its public schedule.

On Twitter, Trump has accused Cohen of lying several times and referred to him as "weak".

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.

Mr Trump has denied the affairs and any involvement in the payments.

The lawyer has cooperated with Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election since past year, which has prompted anger from the president.

Cohen also lied about whether he and Trump, referred to as "Individual 1" in the November court documents, discussed planning a trip to Russian Federation during the campaign.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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