Cohen postpones testimony before Senate Intelligence panel

TheHill | 2/11/2019 | Morgan Chalfant
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President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen is postponing his closed-door testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing medical reasons due to a recent surgery, his attorney Lanny Davis said Monday.

Cohen had been subpoenaed by the committee to testify on Feb. 12 as part of the panel’s ongoing Russian interference investigation. Davis said at the time that he planned to comply but that the parties would need to discuss the details, including his appearance date, given that Cohen had recently undergone major surgery.

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“The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has accepted Mr. Cohen’s request for postponement of tomorrow’s hearing due to post surgery medical needs,” Davis said in a brief statement Monday. “A future date will be announced by the Committee.”

The delay further calls into question Cohen's return appearance on Capitol Hill, around which anticipation has built for weeks following his sentencing for several federal crimes he admitted to committing while working for Trump.

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Cohen was supposed to testify in public before the House Oversight Committee last week, but he abruptly postponed that appearance in late January, citing threats from the president and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

The decision came after Trump suggested in a Fox News interview that he was aware of damaging information about Cohen’s father-in-law. Cohen’s representatives are in talks with the committee to reschedule the appearance, but no details have been announced.

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Cohen already testified before Senate Intelligence Committee staff in October 2017. However, it has since been revealed that he lied to the...
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