Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to testify before House panel next month

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to testify before House panel next month

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Michael Cohen (IowaPolitics.com photo)

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s former attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen has agreed to testify before Congress next month, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings announced Thursday.

“I thank Michael Cohen for agreeing to testify before the Oversight Committee voluntarily,” Cummings (D-Md.) said in a statement.

He added: “I want to make clear that we have no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations, and to that end, we are in the process of consulting with Special Counsel Mueller’s office. The Committee will announce additional information in the coming weeks.”

Cohen will testify in an open setting on Feb. 7, according to a statement released by his attorney, Lanny Davis. Davis served as a special counsel to President Bill Clinton from 1996-98.

Last August, 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 them at the behest of the then-candidate.

He pleaded guilty to a separate count of lying to Congress in November, acknowledging that he mislead lawmakers over a Trump-branded property in Moscow.

When asked about the prospect of Cohen testifying, Trump said  Thursday afternoon at an impromptu news conference at the border in McAllen, Texas: “I’m not worried about it at all.”

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