Trump Lawyer Cohen Expected at Oversight, Intelligence Panels

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An adviser to Cohen says Cohen is delaying his February 7 appearance before a House committee because Cohen continues to co-operate with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first", Cohen's statement read.

Cohen's decision not to testify out of fear for his family could be yet another basis for the now-Democrat-controlled House to determine that Trump engaged in an abuse of power.

The threats were unspecified, but allegedly came from both the president and his current personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, according to a statement from Davis, who was a White House fixer for Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s.

Giuliani said Monday in a three-sentence statement that his comments "did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any discussions". He's only been threatened by the truth.

"We will get his testimony", Cummings said.

Cohen, the president's longtime personal lawyer, agreed earlier this month to appear before Congress to "give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired", he said at the time. Cohen announced through his attorney-turned-spokesman Lanny Davis that he would be cancelling his testimony before Congress because of "ongoing threats" from Trump and Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani. "And I haven't heard him complain", Giuliani told Politico when asked about reports that the president is dissatisfied with him.

Cohen had volunteered to testify before the congressional panel.

He explained to a reporter for The New Yorker that Mueller has not claimed that the Cohen allegation that President Trump counseled Cohen to lie was inaccurate; rather, the inaccurate statement in the BuzzFeed piece was its reference to the existence of texts and emails corroborating what BuzzFeed claims Trump told Cohen.

In a Fox News interview this month, and other forums, Trump also suggested he had damaging information on Cohen's father-in-law.

"He's only been threatened by the truth", the president said.

- December 12, 2018: Cohen is sentenced to three years in prison.

In November, Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress.

Meadows dismissed Cohen's concerns that he was being threatened by the President. "So round one goes to them unless the committee can figure out a way to make sure Michael Cohen is there".

Trump has said he "never directed Michael Cohen to break the law".

"As we stated previously with our colleague, Chairman Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, efforts to intimidate witnesses, scare their family members, or prevent them from testifying before Congress are textbook mob tactics that we condemn in the strongest terms".

That committee generally has held its Russia-related hearings in private.

When asked if Cohen would comply with a subpoena, Davis told ABC News "We will comply and hope to agree upon reasonable terms, ground rules and a date".

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