Trump lawyer Cohen reschedules public testimony

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President Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is set to appear on Capitol Hill next week to give highly anticipated testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In the plea agreement, Cohen admitted to lying to the Senate and House intelligence committees about the project and the extent to which then-candidate Trump and his family were involved.

The person who confirmed the Senate Intelligence interview declined to be named because the Senate committee appearance is confidential.

Cohen is also scheduled to testify at a closed hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on February 28.

In May 2018, Fry, who works in the IRS' San Francisco office, accessed and downloaded five suspicious activity reports connected to Cohen, according to the complaint. He would not say if Cohen was reviewing the committee's documents or his previous interview transcript.

In a letter requesting the delay dated Wednesday, Cohen attorney Michael D. Monico cited a "more fulsome letter" sent to Pauley eight days ago by Cohen that was sealed.

Cohen was scheduled to speak to the three committees earlier this month, but rescheduled all of those appearances for different reasons.

Cohen, who pleaded guilty previous year to a total of nine counts in two federal cases, has already implicated Trump in some of the crimes for which Cohen is going to prison.

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The Intelligence Committee's staff has done the vast majority of the questioning for the committee's Russian Federation investigation, which has included more than 200 interviews. When he does, he will have to face-off against a handful of eager and frustrated lawmakers from both parties.

Cohen testified before House and Senate committees in 2017 that a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January 2016, but he pleaded guilty to lying during those testimonies in November. But Burr relented and Cohen was interviewed by staff behind closed doors.

He said he needed to recover from surgery and also was concerned about threats to his family from Trump and the president's attorney spokesman, Rudy Giuliani. The 52-year-old former personal attorney for President Donald Trump pleaded guilty last year to nine charges, one of which stems from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

In announcing Cohen's scheduled testimony, Cummings also released a lengthy list of topics Cohen is expected to discuss, including Trump's "debts and payments relating to efforts to influence the 2016 election"; Trump's compliance with financial disclosure requirements, campaign finance laws and tax laws; and Trump's business practices.

Republicans have signaled they won't abide by those guidelines.

The Oversight Committee is chock full of far-right and far-left members of Congress, some of whom are known for making a big show and grilling witnesses.

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