Cohen to privately testify to Congress on February 8

29th January, 2019 09:41:33 printer

WASHINGTON:  President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen will provide closed-door testimony to Congress on February 8, a US lawmaker said Monday, after postponing an earlier open appearance citing concerns for his own safety, reports AFP. Cohen agreed to “appear voluntarily” before the House Intelligence Committee, the panel’s Democratic chairman Adam Schiff said, days after Cohen had aborted an appearance at a public hearing February 7 before the separate House Oversight Committee.

“Mr. Cohen has relayed to the (Intelligence) committee his legitimate concerns for his own safety as well as that of his family, which have been fueled by improper comments made by the President and his lawyer,” Schiff said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Cohen’s lawyer alleged that Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani had threatened Cohen and relatives, in an apparent attempt at intimidating him prior to his testimony.