Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen subpoenaed by Senate committee, lawyer says

Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen subpoenaed by Senate committee, lawyer says

Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen subpoenaed by Senate committee, lawyer says

The president's former attorney, Michael Cohen, backed out of his congressional testimony after Trump and Giuliani threatened to investigate his father-in-law, and "Morning Joe" analyst Mike Barnicle was gobsmacked by the former New York City mayor's comments.

Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, announced the cancellation in an emailed statement on Wednesday, citing Cohen's continued cooperation with "ongoing investigations" as a reason for delaying his House testimony, in addition to the threats from Trump and Giuliani.

In a joint statement, Cummings and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Mass., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, acknowledged Cohen's "legitimate concerns", adding that "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".

The threats were unspecified, but allegedly came from both the president and his current personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, according to a statement from Davis, who was a White House fixer for Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has claimed that "There were no drafts" of such a project. He's only been threatened by the truth. "We'll release a statement later", he said.

President Donald Trump claims his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is postponing public testimony to Congress because Cohen has been - in Trump's words - "threatened by the truth".

Giuliani told Reuters that the "president's response covers it".

Giuliani appeared on news shows over the weekend including CNN where he called Cohen "a serial liar."

The report said Mueller's investigators learned about Trump's directive "through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents".

Neither Cohen nor Mr Giuliani have responded to requests for comment. "That's the one that people want to look at", Trump said in the interview.

One tweet attacked Cohen a week after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the president's real estate project in Russian Federation. Giuliani said he knows that Trump did not counsel Cohen to lie because he listened to the tapes.

He was sentenced to three years in custody after pleading guilty to financial crimes, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations.

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Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., wrote a letter Tuesday to Cohen's criminal defense attorney Guy Petrillo, requesting information ahead of Cohen's appearance slated for February 7.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat on the committee, said he hadn't spoken to Cummings yet but supported a subpoena so the public would hear his story.

"We have received Mr. Cohen's notice postponing his voluntary appearance in an open hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Reform".

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