Michael Cohen released a statement through his lawyer Lanny Davis on Jan. 23, 2019 saying he has indefinitely postponed his testimony to Congress.
Cohen was scheduled to give his testimony to the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7. According to his lawyer, he will not appear due to ongoing threats to his family. Davis cited Trump’s tweets and verbal attacks against Cohen’s family members.
Davis stated that Cohen is taking the advice of his lawyer and his appearance in front of Congress will be postponed. Cohen chooses to put the safety of his family first.
The former Trump lawyer was sentenced in December to 3 years in prison by a Manhattan federal court judge. He was found guilty in November of lying to Congress about Trump’s dealing with Russia, failing to report over a million dollars in income and making payments to two women who accused Trump of having affairs.
A source spoke with CNN on Jan. 23 stating that Cohen’s father-in-law and wife felt threatened by comments made toward them by the president and his attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Rep. Stephen Lynch, a member of the Oversight Committee, said he expects Elijah Cummings will issue a subpoena for Cohen to testify in front of Congress. Lynch reported he spoke with Cummings and the Oversite Committee believes it would be proper to subpoena Cohen. Lynch also said he does not believe that the former attorney of Trump’s family is in jeopardy.
Written by Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
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