WASHINGTON – The congressional testimony of President Donald Trump’s former attorney and personal “fixer” Michael Cohen has been postponed to later this month, according to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.
“In the interests of the investigation, Michael Cohen’s testimony has been postponed until February 28th,” Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a statement to media outlets on Wednesday.
Cohen was scheduled to give closed-door testimony to the committee on Friday.
Last month Cohen backed out of a public hearing that was scheduled to take place before the House 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 Select Committee on Intelligence subpoenaed Cohen. He is expected to speak to that committee behind closed doors later this month.
A new date has not been announced for his testimony before the House Oversight Committee.
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. He is scheduled to report to federal prison on March 6.