'Chilling' testimony promised from Trump's former lawyer

Michael Cohen on Capitol Hill on Feb. 21 2019

Michael Cohen on Capitol Hill on Feb. 21 2019

Cohen will also make appearances before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday and the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

President Donald Trump's former attorney and personal "fixer" Michael Cohen is scheduled to give both public and private testimony to Congress this week.

The committee says it has evidence of Trump meddling into the 2018 investigation into Cohen and the Southern District of New York's probes into the Trump Organization.

Trump has routinely dismissed Cohen - who famously said in a 2017 Vanity Fair interview that he "would take a bullet for the president" - as a liar.

Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis recently told ABC News that his client would detail "personal, front-line experiences" of incidents and conduct by Trump that even hardened listeners would find "chilling".

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The Oversight committee plans to examine Trump's compliance with tax and campaign-finance laws, his potential conflicts of interest, and any payments made to influence the 2016 election, according to a memo from committee chair Elijah Cummings.

Republicans have been blasting away at Cohen's credibility, offering reminders that he pleaded guilty past year to lying to Congress. Cohen was scheduled to report to federal prison on March 6 but a judge postponed the sentence to begin in May so that Cohen could would have more time to arrange testimony as well as recover from shoulder surgery.

Meeting out of the public eye, the two other panels will be free to question Cohen about anything, including Russia-related matters being probed by Mueller.

"He's expected to address, first of all, his lies to those (congressional) committees on the timing of the Trump Tower and Moscow deal, the fact that it was going on much longer than he admitted in public and much longer than Donald Trump acknowledged", Dilanian said. "He was involved with the president throughout his business career, in the campaign and also on the Russia, the Trump-Russia project", Welch said. "What other light can he shed now that he's cooperating on issues of obstruction of justice or collusion?" the lawmaker asked.

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