Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, to testify before House oversight panel next week

© Reuters. Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney for the President of the United States, Donald Trump, arrives at the United States Court in New York for his sentencing.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, will testify in a public hearing before a US Congressional committee on February 27, and the panel chairman said Trump’s business practices would be a central issue of the testimony.

Originally, Cohen was scheduled to testify on February 7, but his adviser Lanny Davis said he canceled due to threats against his family by Trump.

“I am pleased to announce that Michael Cohen’s public testimony before the Oversight Committee has returned, despite efforts by some to intimidate his family members and prevent him from coming forward,” said the Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee. of the House of Representatives, Elijah Cummings, in a statement.

Cohen pleaded guilty to crimes that included campaign finance violations during Trump’s 2016 election campaign and has cooperated with investigators.

Trump called Cohen a “rat” in a tweet in December for cooperating with prosecutors. Cohen had long described himself as Trump’s “fixer” and once said he would take a bullet from the New York real estate developer.

“The timeline is already set. I hope the American people hear my story in my voice!” Cohen tweeted Wednesday night, linking to a fundraising effort for his legal fees.

The Oversight Committee said in a memorandum to its members that Cohen would be questioned about Trump’s “debts and payments related to efforts to influence the 2016 election,” Trump’s compliance with tax and campaign finance laws and Trump’s business practices, among other issues.

Davis confirmed in a tweet that Cohen would appear before the Oversight Committee, saying that Cohen “will talk about his decades of experience working for Trump.”

Cohen will appear in federal prison on May 6 after a judge granted him a two-month delay to allow him to recover from a surgical procedure and prepare for his testimony before Congress, according to a court file Wednesday.

Cohen is also scheduled to testify at a closed-door House Intelligence Committee hearing on February 28. Cohen postponed a scheduled appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week due to medical reasons.

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