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PoliticsFormer Trump lawyer Cohen's congressional testimony postponed

18:45  06 february  2019
18:45  06 february  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen , the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Trump , indefinitely postponed his congressional testimony set for next month, his lawyer said on Wednesday

President Donald Trump 's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his Feb. 7 testimony to the U. S . Congress because of threats against his In a Fox News interview this month, and other forums, Trump also suggested he had damaging information on Cohen ’ s father-in- law .

Former Trump lawyer Cohen's congressional testimony postponed© Reuters/Brendan McDermid Michael Cohen leaves court after sentencing in New York.

WASHINGTON — Testimony by U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen before the House Intelligence Committee has been postponed until Feb. 28, the panel said on Wednesday, the latest snag over an appearance by Trump's one-time "fixer."

Cohen, who is set to go to prison on March 6 after pleading guilty to crimes including campaign finance violations during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, was scheduled to appear before the panel for closed testimony on Thursday.

"In the interests of the investigation, Michael Cohen’s testimony has been postponed" until Feb. 28, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's testimony delayed

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's testimony delayed Testimony from Michael Cohen has been postponed to later this month, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Wednesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The testimony was supposed to take place on Friday, but Schiff said "in the interests of the investigation" it will now take place on Feb. 28, days before Cohen is scheduled to report to federal prison. Schiff did not elaborate on why the testimony has been delayed.

Cohen ’ s decision to postpone his testimony was due to ‘ongoing threats against his family from President Trump ’, his lawyer said.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump ' s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his Feb. 7 testimony to the U. S . Congress because of threats against his family from Trump , his adviser said on Wednesday.

It was the second time this year a congressional appearance by Cohen has been put off. Last month, Cohen cited threats from Trump for postponing testimony before an open hearing of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee set for Feb. 7. That hearing has not been rescheduled.

Cohen has also been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear in mid-February.

In December, Cohen was sentenced by a federal judge in Manhattan to three years in prison for crimes including orchestrating hush payments to women in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump ' s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his Feb. 7 testimony to the U. S . Congress Cohen , who has pleaded guilty to crimes including campaign finance violations during Trump ' s 2016 election campaign and is cooperating with

President Donald Trump 's former lawyer Michael Cohen has delayed his upcoming testimony on Capitol Hill amid what Cohen ' s adviser says are "ongoing threats against his family from President Trump ."

Congressional committees are also conducting their own investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Trump's behalf and any cooperation between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russia's role in the election and whether there was any collusion or obstruction of justice by the Trump team.

Schiff said last month he wanted to discuss the Russia probe with Cohen in the closed testimony.

Cohen was part of Trump’s inner circle who in the past called himself the president’s "fixer." After Cohen pleaded guilty to the Mueller charges on Nov. 29, Trump called his former lawyer a liar, "a weak person and not a very smart person."

Reporting by Ginger Gibson and Karen Freifeld; writing by Doina Chiacu; editing by David Gregorio

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