By Daily Wire. Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison as a consequence of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7. It was a voluntary decision and an opportunity he said he was “looking forward” to. On Wednesday, Cohen requested his testimony be postponed because he’s now concerned for his family’s safety, particularly the “ongoing threats” from President Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Over the past week, both Trump and Giuliani have suggested that Cohen’s father-in-law, Fima Shusterman, be investigated for alleged ties to organized crime. Giuliani made the argument in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, while Trump brought it up on Twitter.
Kevin Corke, @FoxNews “Don’t forget, Michael Cohen has already been convicted of perjury and fraud, and as recently as this week, the Wall Street Journal has suggested that he may have stolen tens of thousands of dollars….” Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019
“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,” Cohen adviser Lanny Davis said in a statement. “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.” . . .
“Efforts to intimidate witnesses, scare their family members, or prevent them from testifying before Congress are textbook mob tactics that we condemn in the strongest terms,” Cummings and House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) wrote in a joint statement. (Read more from “Here’s Why Cohen Wants to Postpone His Congressional Testimony” HERE)
Michael Cohen Says Trump’s ‘Threats Against His Family’ Will Delay His Testimony Before the House
By NBC News. Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, is delaying his public testimony before Congress “due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump” and members of his legal team, Cohen attorney Lanny Davis said in a statement Wednesday.
Cohen, 52, was set to appear voluntarily before the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on Feb. 7. Cohen is scheduled to report to prison on March 6.
Davis cited threats from Trump and Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, “as recently as this weekend,” as well as Cohen’s “continued cooperation with ongoing investigations” as central to the decision to postpone his testimony. (Read more from “Michael Cohen Says Trump’s ‘Threats Against His Family’ Will Delay His Testimony Before the House” HERE)