Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Michael Cohen to testify before House Oversight Committee in public hearing

Michael Cohen to testify before House Oversight Committee in public hearing

Michael Cohen, a former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, has agreed to provide testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on February 7, Chairman Elijah Cummings said in a statement on Thursday. In November he pleaded guilty to making false statements, a charge that was brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible coordination between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, the committee's chairman, said in a statement on Thursday that he understands "Mr. Cohen has expressed an interest in telling his personal story in open session" as well.

"We will not interfere with the Mueller investigation", the Maryland Democrat said Friday.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who sits on the oversight panel, accused Democrats Thursday of making "a political decision, not an oversight decision" in calling Cohen to testify.

Cohen's testimony also comes after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his role in a Trump business proposal in Russian Federation considered during the campaign. Cohen's appearance in public, before national television cameras, will begin to fulfill that promise, but is likely to only be the first of a string of public testimony that could prove damaging to the president.

Cohen pleaded guilty in two separate cases for campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress.

Cohen alleged that Trump directed him to make the $130,000 payment, which prosecutors say was an illegal campaign contribution that could influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

The session will come just under a month before he is due to turn himself in for a three-year prison sentence.

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It noted that the committee has "no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations", and will be consulting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller beforehand.

Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison on December 12, 2018, has said that he would be willing to speak to Congress about his work for Trump after the conclusion of the special counsel's investigation.

Speaking on Cohen's testimony later in the day, Trump said he's "not anxious at all".

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 21, 2016.

"I look forward to assisting Michael to state publicly all he knows about Mr. Trump - and that includes any appropriate congressional committee interested in the search for truth and the difference between facts and lies", Davis said in a statement at the time. Both the House and Senate intelligence panels are seeking to bring back Cohen before he reports to prison in March.

Cohen could use his willingness to testify as a way to appeal for a more reduced sentence, though there is no agreement with prosecutors to consider that. He added, "As a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better".

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