Published: Mon, January 28, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Senate intel panel subpoenas former Trump lawyer Cohen, says Cohen adviser

Senate intel panel subpoenas former Trump lawyer Cohen, says Cohen adviser

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to Donald Trump, postponed his scheduled congressional testimony, citing what his lawyer said were threats from the president and lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

House Oversight and Intelligence Committee Chairmen and Elijah Cummings and Adam Schiff released a joint statement Wednesday sympathizing with the "completely legitimate" concerns Cohen has for his family's safety.

Davis said Cohen "looks forward to testifying at the appropriate time".

Cohen postponed his testimony due to ongoing threats against his family, the New York Times reports.

In a Thursday morning interview with "GMA", Davis said the president's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani should be indicted for "witness tampering" following his comments on national television earlier this week.

"I would say he's been threatened by the truth".

Despite a report Tuesday night, the legal team member said Trump wasn't "apoplectic" about Giuliani's statement and ensuing cleanup.

Michael Cohen had been scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee on February 7 but his lawyer said Wednesday that the testimony will be rescheduled.

"We will not let the President's tactics prevent Congress from fulfilling our constitutionally mandated oversight responsibilities", the Democrats said in a statement.

Cohen promised, however, that he would appear before Congress to tell what he knows of Trump's inner circle.

Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the decision to postpone his testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee.

He said in the guilty plea that he was directed to make the payments by Mr Trump. But one "Trump/Moscow link", USA Today asserts in a January 22 staff editorial, can not be overlooked: Donald Trump pursued a Trump Tower Moscow project during the 2016 presidential election-which the publication denounces as "an extraordinary conflict of interest". Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the top Republican on the Oversight Committee, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, a leader of the House Freedom Caucus and a Trump confidant, appeared to be casting aspersions on Cohen and Davis and the circumstances of the hearing - while raising questions about Davis, his involvement with Cohen and his compensation.

President Trump tweeted on Thursday morning, apparently in response to Davis' interview, "So interesting that bad lawyer Michael Cohen, who sadly will not be testifying before Congress, is using the lawyer of Crooked Hillary Clinton to represent him - Gee, how did that happen?"

Cohen is scheduled to report to prison on March 6 to begin a three-year sentence. Cohen has said he lied to be consistent with Trump's "political messaging" and to minimize the public's understanding of Trump's ties with Russian Federation.

But the Democratic chairman said they still expected Cohen to testify.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat on the committee, said he hadn't spoken to Cummings yet but supported a subpoena so the public would hear his story.

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