Michael Cohen delays testimony to Congress

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The leaders of the House oversight and intelligence committees said on Wednesday they expect President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen to testify before both panels, despite his decision to postpone his February 7 appearance, citing threats against his family from Trump.

Cohen, who has pleaded guilty to crimes including campaign finance violations during Trump's 2016 election campaign and is cooperating with investigators, had received "ongoing threats against his family from Trump" and Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the adviser, attorney Lanny Davis, said in a statement.

"Mr. Cohen's statement is long on conclusions and short on facts and details", said Boutros, a former federal prosecutor. "Mr. Cohen wishes to thank Chairman Cummings for allowing him to appear before the House Oversight Committee and looks forward to testifying at the appropriate time".

According to Associated Press, citing sources in and close to the White House, Trump is irritated by Giuliani's recent mistakes.

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

"He doesn't want to do that probably for me or other of his clients", Trump said.

Trump took to Twitter on Friday, suggesting that Cohen's father-in-law should be investigated.

Trump and Giuliani have made repeated comments targeting Cohen's father-in-law Fima Shusterman, a businessman in the taxi cab industries in NY and Chicago.

Cohen cited the threats against his family as well as his "ongoing" cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation as the reasons he was postponing his testimony.

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But the lawmakers added that they had "repeatedly offered our assistance to work with law enforcement to enhance security measures for Mr. Cohen and his family", and in their discussions with Cohen's attorney, "not appearing before Congress was never an option".

"We are so distorting the system of justice just to get Donald Trump, it's going to hurt us so much", Giuliani responded.

"Davis made clear that Cohen's upcoming appearance before the Committee is entirely a result of Davis's orchestration", Jordan and Meadows wrote, questioning whether it's part of a broader "media stunt" to harm the president.

Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat, declined comment.

"I still believe he may have been telling the truth when he testified before Congress". The hearing seemed as if it could be eventful.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to nine felonies and is due to turn himself in on March 6 to begin serving a three-year prison sentence. Cohen's lawyer said on "GMA" in response. "We can bring him in".

The media is now having a field day with whether President Trump did or didn't pursue a Moscow real estate deal during the election. Cohen had claimed in court to have helped cover up Trump's "dirty deeds".

"I would say he's been threatened by the truth".

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

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