Michael Cohen postpones testimony, citing ‘threats against his family’ from Trump, Giuliani


President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his Feb. 7 House Oversight Committee testimony due to “ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani,” his lawyer said in a letter Wednesday.

“Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, as well as Mr. Cohen’s continued cooperation with ongoing investigations, by advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date. 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. This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first.”

It is unclear if Cohen will ever testify as he is set to go to prison in March.

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Trump employed Cohen until May 2018, a month after the Special Counsel investigation began. The investigation led to him pleading guilty on August 21, 2018, to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud. Cohen said he violated campaign finance laws at the direction of Trump and “for the principal purpose of influencing” the 2016 presidential election.

In November 2018, Cohen made a second guilty plea for lying to a Senate committee about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. In December 2018, he was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.

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