Snitch: Trump Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen to Testify on Capitol Hill

Michael Cohen

"I want to make clear that we have no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations, and to that end, we are in the process of consulting with Special Counsel Mueller's Office".

The committee has a hearing with Cohen posted on its public schedule. Trump has denied directing Cohen to pay women who alleged affairs with Trump.

Cohen added: "I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired".

Cummings said that Oversight Committee, which is also slated to take on increases in prescription drug prices later this month, would announce more information about the hearing in the coming weeks.

Cummings has signaled that his committee is more interested in investigating the president's involvement in the campaign violations to which Cohen pleaded guilty past year.

Trump Fixer Cohen Will Testify before Going to PrisonDonald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify before Congress in February.

Trump told reporters in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday that he was "not worried" about Cohen's testimony "at all".

Others in Trump's personal orbit are also facing scrutiny, and House Democrats, having retaken the majority earlier this month, now have subpoena power.

In December, he was sentenced to a total of three years in prison, with the jail term to begin in March.

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Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee Elijah Cummings issues statement thanking Michael Cohen for agreeing to testify; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge and chief White House correspondent John Roberts report.

Cohen cooperated with Mueller's investigation after his August guilty plea, and his congressional testimony could thrust some of those still-private details he provided into the public sphere.

Cohen said a misplaced sense of loyalty led him to break the law for Trump.

Based on the description in the court documents, Individual 1 appears to be President Trump.

The president has assailed the various investigations, while Russian Federation has denied trying to interfere in the 2016 election for the purposes of sowing discord and improving Trump's prospects.

Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani described Cohen to Fox News as "a thoroughly discredited liar", and said he could not imagine why Cummings would want to hear from Cohen.

Cohen has a track record of erratic and unethical behavior, caught on tape at one point threatening a Daily Beast reporter with complete financial and social ruin if he published a story with the words "Trump" and "rape" regarding an accusation made by Trump's first wife.

Soon after his appearance in front of House Oversight was announced, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) released a statement welcoming the testimony but also stressing the need for Cohen "to answer questions pertaining to the Russian Federation investigation". Cohen initially lied and said the Trump Tower Moscow talks ended in January 2016, but he admitted last month those conversations extended through June 2016 when he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the project.

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