Michael Cohen To Testify Publicly Before Congress About Work As Trump's Lawyer

  • Michael Cohen To Testify Publicly Before Congress About Work As Trump's Lawyer

Michael Cohen To Testify Publicly Before Congress About Work As Trump's Lawyer

"I thank Michael Cohen for agreeing to testify before the Oversight Committee voluntarily", said Rep. Elijah Cummings, the House Oversight chairman.

President Nixon's former White House counsel explained to CNN Thursday why Donald Trump may be anxious about his former "fixer" Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress next month.

"I want to make clear that we have no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations, and to that end, we are in the process of consulting with Special Counsel Mueller's office", Cummings said.

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.

"Michael Cohen has deep knowledge and wide knowledge of President Trump and what happened during the campaign and so we're finally putting a face on somebody who can talk with authority about these events", John Dean said after news broke about the attorney's February Congressional testimony. The investigation has clouded Trump's presidency.

On Twitter, Trump has accused Cohen of lying several times and referred to him as "weak".

Cohen is a pivotal figure in investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, and by federal prosecutors in NY into campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments to two women who say they had sex with Trump.

The committee has a hearing with Cohen posted on its public schedule.

"Mr. Cohen has expressed an interest in telling his personal story in open session, and we welcome his testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Reform", Schiff said in a statement. An adviser to Cohen, Lanny Davis, said shortly after he was sentenced that the former political fixer wanted to testify and "state publicly all he knows".

He pleaded guilty in August to charges that included violating campaign finance laws and claimed he made the payments to the two women at Trump's behest.

Mr Trump has denied the affairs and any involvement in the payments.