Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen postpones testimony to Congress
00:27, Jan 28, 2019
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The president told advisers that he felt his lawyer had obscured what he believed was a public relations victory: the special counsel's rare public statement disputing portions of a BuzzFeed News story that reported Trump had instructed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie before Congress.
Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, announced the cancellation in an emailed statement on Wednesday, citing Cohen's continued cooperation with "ongoing investigations" as a reason for delaying his House testimony, in addition to the threats from Trump and Giuliani.
Davis added, "This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first".
Trump's former attorney and longtime fixer had volunteered to appear before the House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Reform on February 7, just weeks before beginning a 3-year sentence in federal prison for an array of crimes he pleaded guilty to committing while working for Trump.
Davis also said Cohen has received threats against his family.
Democrats are now considering whether to subpoena Cohen to compel his testimony before he reports to prison next month, and at least one senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee said he expects Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland to issue a subpoena.
Besides addressing the BuzzFeed article, Giuliani on Sunday also tried to clarify his statements from last week regarding possible collusion with Russian Federation by someone in the Trump 2016 campaign.
"In order to get his sentence reduced, he says, I have an idea, I'll give you some information on the president". In a 2007 deposition, Trump said, "We will be in Moscow at some point". But, they added, it "was never an option" for Cohen not to appear before Congress.
But BuzzFeed's story sparked enormous interest from Democrats, who called for renewed investigations and even suggested the allegations could be a basis for impeachment proceedings.
In a Fox News interview last month, Mr Trump said Cohen's father-in-law "is a very rich guy, I hear". Trump has posted other tweets in recent weeks suggesting that Cohen's father-in-law and wife may have links to criminal activity. He said in the guilty plea that he was directed to make the payments by Trump.
Cohen, the president's onetime fixer, is set to begin a three-year prison sentence in March.
He has also pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations for his involvement in payments to a former Playboy model and porn actress who had alleged affairs with Trump.
Cohen pleaded guilty previous year to multiple crimes, including lying to Congress about a possible Trump Tower project in Moscow and arranging hush-money payments to women who had alleged having had affairs with Trump.
Meadows dismissed Cohen's concerns that he was being threatened by the President. Davis said Cohen looked forward to testifying at a later date. California Rep. Adam Schiff is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
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