Cohen scheduled to return to Capitol Hill today for closed-door hearing

Cohen scheduled to return to Capitol Hill today for closed-door hearing

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Michael Cohen testified last month before the House Oversight Committee in an open hearing in which he blasted his former boss. (Pool photo)

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s former attorney and personal “fixer,” Michael Cohen, is scheduled to return to Capitol Hill today to speak privately with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, according to media reports.

The expected appearance comes on the very day Cohen, 52, was scheduled to report to prison to serve a three-year sentence. Last month a federal judge postponed the disbarred lawyer’s incarceration date to May 6 so he could both testify and recover from shoulder surgery. He pleaded guilty last year to campaign finance violations and making false statements to Congress.

Cohen met with three congressional committees last week. He gave closed-door testimony to both the House and Senate Intelligence committees, and public testimony to the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

During the eight-hour public hearing last Wednesday, Cohen said then-candidate Trump was aware that campaign adviser Roger Stone had spoken with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about email drops prior to the organization publishing hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Cohen said he received $130,000 in reimbursement from Trump for having paid adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged extramarital affair.

Cohen said that he had not been truthful during his 2017 testimony to the Intelligence committees about the date Trump ceased negotiating a planned Trump Tower project in Moscow.

Cohen said Trump is under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York but declined to provide specifics.

Republicans on the committee charged that Democrats arranged the hearing to lay the groundwork for impeachment proceedings. They questioned the veracity of Cohen’s testimony, repeatedly pointing out that he had pleaded guilty to lying to Congress.

Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) have asked the Justice Department to look into whether Cohen lied during the hearing.

Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has said he believes Cohen’s testimony was credible.

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