Cohen’s Testimony Postponed ‘In The Interests Of The Investigation’

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer,  exits federal court after his sentencing hearing, December 12, 2018 in New York City. Cohen was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty in August to several charges, including multiple counts of tax evasion, a campaign finance violation and lying to Congress. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) dropped a tantalizing bit of information Wednesday morning about Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony, previously planned for February 8.

“In the interests of the investigation, Michael Cohen’s testimony has been postponed until February 28th,” Schiff said in a statement.

Cohen’s testimony before another committee, House Oversight, has already been postponed once before due to what he called “threats against his family.” President Donald Trump has publicly suggested Cohen’s father-in-law should be investigated.

“Mr. Cohen has relayed to the 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 at the time. “As I’ve previously stated with my colleagues, Chairmen Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler, efforts to intimidate witnesses, scare their family members, or prevent them from testifying before Congress are tactics we expect from organized crime, not the White House. These attacks on Mr. Cohen’s family must stop.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Cohen after that delay to compel him to sit down for an interview as well.

Amid all of the congressional interest, Cohen is still working with investigations out of the New York Attorney General’s office, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office and special counsel Robert Mueller.

He is set to report to prison for several financial crimes on March 6.

 

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