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Michael Cohen Agrees to Spill the Beans in Public Congressional Testimony

11 January 2019

Cohen's hearing is set for February 7, according to the committee's public schedule.

Cohen said in a statement he had accepted an invitation to testify from Representative Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Cohen, who was recently sentenced to three years in prison after being charged with orchestrating illegal hush money payments to women alleging affairs with Trump during the 2016 election. Cummings is also requesting a raft of potentially revealing communications about the payments and other legal services Cohen provided for the president and his company. Mueller's team in court filings wrote that Cohen provided "useful information concerning certain discrete Russia-related matters core to its investigation".

"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", Cohen said in a statement.

Donald Trump's current lawyer attacks the president's one-time lawyer on Thursday.

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Trump told reporters in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday that he was "not worried" about Cohen's testimony "at all". "It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than to listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass".

Cummings said the committee has no intention of interfering in ongoing criminal probes.

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. But federal prosecutors recommended a "substantial term of imprisonment" for Cohen, saying he "repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends" and claiming that his cooperation with Mueller was "overstated".

Cohen's 2017 congressional testimony before the Senate intelligence and House intelligence committees led to a guilty plea in November 2018 for lying under oath about Trump's business dealings in Russian Federation.

Cohen also lied about whether he and Trump, referred to as "Individual 1" in the November court documents, discussed planning a trip to Russian Federation during the campaign.

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Cohen, 52, also pleaded guilty to eight separate counts, including campaign finance violations, that he said were carried out at the direction of Trump.

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

The announcement of Cohen's testimony is the latest sign that House Democrats plan to make oversight of every aspect of Trump's life a key part of their control of the House.

The Oversight Committee apparently isn't the Capitol Hill body with which Cohen is eager to speak. Cohen spoke in 2017 to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees - and later pleaded guilty to lying to them about the Trump Tower Moscow timeline - and both have indicated they want to speak to him again before he begins his jail sentence in March.

The president has denied the affairs but has deployed shifting explanations about when he learned about the payments to the women.

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Michael Cohen Agrees to Spill the Beans in Public Congressional Testimony