Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify Before Congress

It will be the first major public hearing for Democrats since taking control of House
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2019 2:45 PM CST
Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly Before Congress
Michael Cohen leaves Federal court in New York on Aug. 21, 2018, after pleading guilty to charges including campaign finance fraud stemming from hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before Congress next month, the AP reports. Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee will be the first major public hearing for Democrats, who have promised greater scrutiny of Trump. Cohen is a pivotal figure in investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, and by federal prosecutors in New York into campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments to two women who say they had sex with Trump. Trump has denied it. Cohen has pleaded guilty in both investigations and was sentenced last month to three years in prison.

Cohen, Trump's former longtime legal fixer, said Thursday in a statement that he looks forward to having a platform to give a "full and credible account of the events which have transpired." He says he accepted an invitation from a top House Democrat to testify. (Cohen says he didn't visit Prague. Phone pings disagree.)

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