Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony to House committee postponed

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Just days before President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was scheduled to testify in a closed session before the House Intelligence Committee, officials announced the hearing had been postponed.

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Cohen was scheduled to testify Friday. In a brief statement Wednesday morning, Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, said the hearing was postponed until Feb. 28 “in the interests off the investigation.”

He did not elaborate.

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The hearing is the second involving Cohen to be postponed. He had been scheduled to publicly testify Feb. 7 before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, but last month his attorney announced he was indefinitely postponing the appearance due to “ongoing threats against his family” from Trump and the president’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

Cohen, 52, is expected to surrender to authorities next month to begin a 36-month prison sentence handed down after he pleaded guilty to several charges federal last year.

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He admitted to lying to Congress in connection to a Trump Tower deal in Moscow after prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team charged him with making false statements. He also pleaded guilty in August to eight charges, including multiple counts of tax evasion and arranging illicit payments to silence women who posed a risk to Trump's presidential campaign.

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In the time since entering his guilty pleas, Cohen has spent more than 70 hours speaking with investigators for the Southern District of New York, who prosecuted the tax evasion case, and Mueller's team, which is investigating Russian election meddling and its possible ties to Trump, according to The New York Times.

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