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Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen postpones appearance at Senate Intelligence panel for medical reasons
CNBC
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:44

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen postpones appearance at Senate Intelligence panel for medical reasons

CNBC
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:44

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump, has postponed his planned appearance Tuesday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence because of 'post-surgery medical needs,' Cohens attorney Lanny Davis said Monday.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen postpones appearance at Senate Intelligence panel for medical reasons
Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump, has postponed his planned appearance Tuesday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence because of "post-surgery medical needs," Cohens attorney Lanny Davis said Monday.

Davis said the committee, which accepted Cohens request for a delay, will announce a "future date" for Cohens appearance. The Senate Intelligence panel had no comment on Davis statement.

Cohen, 52, recently had shoulder surgery.
He is due to begin serving a three-year prison sentence on March 6 for lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and financial crimes.

Cohen is currently scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 28. That House appearance was originally scheduled for last Friday, but the committees chairman, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Cohens closed-door testimony would be delayed "in the interests of the investigation."

Cohen originally had been scheduled to testify publicly last Friday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

But Cohen on Jan. 23 postponed that appearance indefinitely because of concerns about his familys safety, Davis said at the time. Davis cited alleged "threats" made by Trump and the presidents current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who had both made comments about Cohens father-in-law. Trump later said of Cohen, "I would say hes been threatened by the truth."

A day after that postponement was announced, U.S. marshals served a subpoena on Cohen to appear Tuesday at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

In his guilty pleas last year, Cohen admitted to making false statements to Congress about when an aborted plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow actually ended, and about the extent of Trumps involvement in that project.

Trump was more deeply involved in the effort, which was dropped months after Cohen originally claimed, according to his plea deal.

Cohen also admitted facilitating hush money payments in 2016 to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal to keep them silent about their alleged affairs with Trump a decade earlier.

Cohen said that he did so at the direction of Trump to keep the womens stories from affecting the presidential election in 2016.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and also denies having sex with either woman.

Cohen has cooperated with special counsel Robert Muellers ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and possible collusion by the Trump campaign in that interference.