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Michael Cohen postpones Capitol Hill testimony, claiming ‘ongoing threats’ from Trump

26 January 2019

Donald Trump's former fixer and personal lawyer Michael Cohen is postponing his scheduled testimony to Congress due to "threats" against his family from the president, his adviser said on Wednesday.

Cohen delayed his February 7 appearance before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on the advice of his defense team because Cohen is still cooperating in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the decision to postpone his testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee.

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Giuliani said as far as he knew, Trump had not had discussions with Cohen where Trump "told him or counseled him to lie".

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Last November, Cohen pleaded guilty to one of count of lying to Congress, acknowledging he misled lawmakers about the planned Moscow project.

A statement by Mueller's office on Friday night doesn't cite any specific errors, but spokesman Peter Carr said that "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the special counsel's office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's congressional testimony are not accurate". Threats from the duo reached Cohen and his family as recently as this weekend, according to a statement from Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis.

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.

Cohen friend Donny Deutsch, an advertising executive, said that Cohen has been increasingly anxious that Mr Trump would retaliate against him by further attacking his family if he testified.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to nine felonies and is due to turn himself in on March 6 to begin serving a three-year prison sentence.

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"Make no mistake, Michael Cohen will speak, they will not thwart this truth coming out", Davis said. "We expect Mr. Cohen to appear before both Committees, and we remain engaged with his counsel about his upcoming appearances", they said. Cohen's lawyer said on "GMA" in response.

"I still believe he may have been telling the truth when he testified before Congress". "We can bring him in".

Trump's critics had hoped Cohen might, at the very least, offer unflattering revelations about the president.

Before sentencing, Cohen ripped into his former boss in federal court, telling the judge he felt it was his duty to cover up the president's "dirty deeds".

That committee generally has held its Russia-related hearings in private.

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This article was written by Matt Zapotosky and Karoun Demirjian, reporters for The Washington Post.

Michael Cohen postpones Capitol Hill testimony, claiming ‘ongoing threats’ from Trump