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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

They now hold the chairmanship of committees with the power to hold hearings, inviting or forcing witnesses to testify in public.

President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen said on Thursday he had agreed to testify publicly before a congressional panel on February 7, as U.S. House of Representatives Democrats began kicking off numerous investigations of Trump, his business interests and his administration.

That means that he wants to talk.

Cohen pleaded guilty on August 21, 2018 to a series of bank fraud and tax evasion charges.

"I look forward to assisting Michael to state publicly all he knows about Mr. Trump - and that includes any appropriate congressional committee interested in the search for truth and the difference between facts and lies", Davis said in a statement at the time.

He did make a brief statement in court in which he said he "was weak for not having the strength to question and to refuse his demands".

The lawyer has cooperated with Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the election since previous year, which has prompted anger from the president.

And what stories he could tell.

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When asked about Cohen's testimony on Thursday, Trump said: "I'm not anxious".

His testimony before the House oversight and reform committee on 7 February will be the first major public oversight hearing for Democrats, who have promised greater scrutiny of Trump after winning control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.

Cohen also plead guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 about the Trump Organization's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 election.

"I thank Michael Cohen for agreeing to testify before the Oversight Committee voluntarily", said Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, in a statement. He reports to prison March 6.

In December, Cohen was sentenced to three years for violating campaign finance laws when he made a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in return for her silence.

"COHEN asked Individual 1 about the possibility of Individual 1 traveling to Russian Federation in connection with the Moscow Project, and asked a senior campaign official about potential business travel to Russian Federation", the documents said. He said, "To that end, we are in the process of consulting with Special Counsel Mueller's office".

The public release of a redacted transcript of his previous closed-door testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in its own Russian Federation investigation is expected to be released soon, along with the testimony of dozens of other witnesses in that probe. The investigation has clouded Trump's presidency.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Cohen "Cohen has had in his possession for months a request to return to the Senate Intelligence Committee for additional closed-door testimony, made all the more necessary by Mr. Cohen's indictment and guilty plea for making false statements to Committee investigators".