nearvideo trump, the Republicans dismissed Cohen’s agreement to testify before the House Oversight Committee, before going to prison
President Trump’s one-time personal lawyer Michael Cohen is a discredited witness by the Republicans after accepting an invitation from Democrats to be in the midst of the Russia-probe; Catherine Herridge reports.
The heads of the three the house of the most influential committees sent a serious warning to President Trump to hamper their efforts to question his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Jerry Nadler, D-NY, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md. – the chairs respectively of the house Intelligence, judiciary and oversight bodies – issued a joint statement on Sunday, following comments the President made during a Fox News Channel interview, in which he claims, potential legal problems with a Cohen relative and takes digs at Cohen’s honesty and his own legal troubles.
“Our nation’s laws prohibit to discourage efforts to intimidate or otherwise pressure does not make a witness available to witness at the Congress,” the democratic lawmakers said in their statement.
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Cohen is scheduled to testify publicly before the House Oversight Committee next month. The hearing could serve as the opening salvo in a promised Democratic effort to ask for more details Trump, his conflicts of interest and his relations to Russia.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced, on Thursday, Cohen to testify Feb before the panel. 7, a little more than a month after the Democrats the House majority.
The hearing is the latest step in Cohen’s transformation from a trusted legal adviser to the President of a public antagonist that has already worked together and trusted, extensively against him. It is likely to pull the curtain back on the most important episodes with trump personal life and business transactions, including the hush-money payments to women, and a planned Moscow-real estate deal that prosecutors were dissecting, for months.
Cohen has, by a trusted legal adviser to the President of a public antagonist, has been cooperating fully with the Prosecutor’s office. This led to Trump called Cohen a “rat.”
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The President supplemented his feelings towards his former lawyer in an interview on Fox News with Jeanine Pirro.
“I was a client of his, and said to the attorney-client privilege” Trump. “But he is in trouble, on some loans, and scammers and Taxis and stuff, I know nothing about it, and to have his sentence reduced, he says, ” I have an idea. I’ll give some information about the President.'”
Trump added: “There is no information…He’s trying to have his sentence reduced. So it’s pretty sad. It is weak and it is very sad to see such a thing. I could not care less.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.