Cohen slated to speak with 3 congressional committees this week

Cohen slated to speak with 3 congressional committees this week

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Michael Cohen (IowaPolitics.com photo)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former attorney and personal “fixer” Michael Cohen is scheduled to give both public and private testimony to Congress this week.

Cohen reportedly will speak privately with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence at an undisclosed time on Tuesday. He will give public testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST. Cohen reportedly will speak privately with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday at an undisclosed time.

Last month Cohen backed out of a public hearing that was scheduled to take place before the Oversight Committee on Feb. 7. Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, said on Jan. 23 that Cohen and his family have been subjected to threats and intimidation by President Donald Trump. The White House stringently denied the allegations.

The following day, on Jan. 24, the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Cohen.

Last November, Cohen pleaded guilty to one of count of lying to Congress, acknowledging he misled lawmakers about a planned Trump Tower project in Moscow.

Six months earlier, Cohen pleaded guilty to two campaign finance violations for payments he arranged for two women in exchange for their silence over alleged affairs with Trump. Cohen told prosecutors that he delivered the payments at the behest of the then-candidate.

On Dec. 12, 2018, a federal judge sentenced Cohen to three years in prison for his crimes and also fined him $2 million. Cohen was scheduled to report to federal prison on March 6 but a judge postponed the sentence to begin in May so that Cohen could would have more time to arrange testimony as well as recover from shoulder surgery.

Lawmakers are expected to ask Cohen about the Moscow project and potential Russian contacts.

Trump has routinely dismissed Cohen — who famously said in a 2017 Vanity Fair interview that he “would take a bullet for the president” — as a liar.

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