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Michael Cohen To Testify Publicly In Front Of House Oversight Next Month

11 January 2019

President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before Congress next month.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, has accepted an invitation to testify in an open session before Congress next month.

That means that he wants to talk.

Cohen acknowledged the testimony in a separate statement: "I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired".

Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan in August to tax fraud, making false statements to a bank and a campaign finance violation. Prosecutors have said Cohen did so at Trump's direction.

Cohen is among a number of people in Trump's orbit who have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison December 12 by U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III.

And what stories he could tell.

Now he is clearly intent on taking aim at the president - and he could inflict some serious damage, even though Mr Trump's current lawyer, former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, has dismissed him as "a thoroughly discredited liar".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller for many months has been investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 us presidential election, possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign and potential obstruction of justice.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced Thursday that Cohen will appear before that panel February 7, a little more than a month after the Democrats took the House majority.

Special Counsel spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment on Cohen's upcoming testimony before Congress, but Cummings told reporters outside an unrelated closed briefing on Thursday that his committee's questioning of Cohen will be limited to avoid publicly discussing sensitive portions of the Mueller probe. In court filings, prosecutors have not named Trump, referring to a "candidate for federal office" and "Individual-1". He reports to prison March 6.

Cohen addressed his relationship with Trump at his sentencing, saying he had "blind loyalty to this man that led me to choose a path of darkness over light".

It was not immediately clear whether prosecutors in NY or for Mueller would ask Cohen to keep from discussing topics still under investigation.

"We don't want to do anything to interfere with the Mueller investigation - absolutely nothing", Cummings said.

Cohen testified before the House intelligence panel in 2017, before his role in the federal investigations was fully known and when Republicans controlled the panel. This hearing will place the president's alleged crimes and extensive shady dealings - as well as the Russian Federation investigation - at the center of political life in Washington D.C. with potentially major repercussions for the country.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said that his committee would also want to interview Cohen in a closed session to discuss the Russian Federation investigation.

Michael Cohen To Testify Publicly In Front Of House Oversight Next Month