Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly Before House

Michael Cohen

"I thank Michael Cohen for agreeing to testify before the Oversight Committee voluntarily", said Rep. Elijah Cummings, the House Oversight chairman.

President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before a House committee next month in a hearing that could serve as the opening salvo in a promised Democratic effort to greater scrutinize President Donald Trump, his conflicts of interest and his ties to Russian Federation.

Mueller's scrutiny of Cohen has focused on the attorney's role in Trump's business dealings, particularly negotiations over a Trump Tower project in Moscow during the 2016 campaign.

It noted that the committee has "no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations", and will be consulting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller beforehand. The GOP-led committee later ended its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying there was no evidence of collusion or conspiracy between Trump's campaign and Russia. The investigation has clouded Trump's presidency.

Cohen, who served as Trump's attorney and fixer for years, came under scrutiny from federal prosecutors in NY over hush money payments he orchestrated during the 2016 presidential campaign to silence Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who alleged having extramarital affairs with Trump.

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"I'm sure Trump doesn't know which ones he does or does not have since it was Cohen doing the taping", Dean said, adding, "I don't know how many tapes there are, but certainly there's no motive for Cohen to lie at this time about his work with Trump".

After Cohen was sentenced, Lanny Davis, an attorney who has been advising him on his media strategy, said Cohen wanted to speak publicly about Trump.

The committee has a hearing with Cohen posted on its public schedule.

Cohen, Trump's self-described long-time "fixer", pleaded guilty to the campaign finance charge in August and to making false statements in November.

Adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, was paid $130,000 and former Playboy model Karen McDougal was paid $150,000 by Cohen.

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