Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen postponing testimony to Congress - adviser

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen postponing testimony to Congress - adviser

Kerry Wise
January 28, 2019

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee says President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer could be brought from prison to testify before Congress if necessary.

Mr Trump, who has called Cohen a liar and "rat", said in a tweet last Friday that Cohen is "Lying to reduce his jail time!". Committee chair Elijah Cummings could subpoena Cohen to appear, and CNN reports Democrats are considering that option.

It wasn't immediately clear whether "threats" cited by Cohen's camp were the only reason he decided not to appear at Cummings' hearing next month or whether Mueller's office might have objected.

In a statement, Cummings and Rep. Adam Schiff, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, said they understood the "completely legitimate concerns" Cohen raised about threats.

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski unloaded on President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for spreading smears and lies to confuse the public and distract from apparent criminal wrongdoing.

"I would say he's been threatened by the truth".

In the statement, they note that efforts to intimidate witnesses are "textbook mob tactics" which they said they condemn.

Richard Blumenthal said that Trump's comments about his former lawyer Michael Cohen were indictable. Cohen announced through his attorney-turned-spokesman Lanny Davis that he would be cancelling his testimony before Congress because of "ongoing threats" from Trump and Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Cohen had volunteered to testify before the congressional panel.

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President Donald Trump is not angry at his attorney Rudy Giuliani, despite the former NY mayor's contradictory answers in recent interviews about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow, sources told CNN Tuesday - and Giuliani is not going anywhere. Trump, for example, told Fox News this month that Cohen "should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that's the one that people want to look at".

He's set to begin a three-year prison sentence in March.

"If he wants to criticize Cohen, he can", Davis said.

Trump told reporters at the White House that Cohen "has been threatened by the truth".

"This will not stop us from getting to the truth". But one "Trump/Moscow link", USA Today asserts in a January 22 staff editorial, can not be overlooked: Donald Trump pursued a Trump Tower Moscow project during the 2016 presidential election-which the publication denounces as "an extraordinary conflict of interest".

One tweet attacked Cohen a week after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the president's real estate project in Russian Federation. The report does not specify what Trump said to Cohen or when he said it.

Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., wrote a letter Tuesday to Cohen's criminal defense attorney Guy Petrillo, requesting information ahead of Cohen's appearance slated for February 7.

That committee generally has held its Russia-related hearings in private.