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Cohen Agrees to Talk to House Committee

Behind closed doors, on Feb. 8
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 28, 2019 5:01 PM CST
In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, steps out of a cab during his arrival on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has agreed to talk to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Feb. 8, the AP reports. That's according to California Rep. Adam Schiff, who says Cohen will be appearing voluntarily. The announcement comes after Cohen postponed a separate hearing with the House Oversight and Reform Committee, citing cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and threats against his family. That hearing would have been open to the public and had been scheduled for Feb. 7, CNN reports.

Schiff says Cohen relayed "legitimate concerns" about his and his family's safety. He says the committee will work with law enforcement to protect him. Cohen is a central figure in Mueller's probe. He also played a pivotal role in buying the silence of a porn actress and a former Playboy Playmate who alleged they had sex with Trump. The president denies the claims. (Cohen will also be talking to a Senate committee.)

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