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Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress in February

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress in February
By Rebecca Shabad with NBC News Politics
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Cohen was sentenced last month to three years in prison.


Michael Cohen, the former lawyer to President Donald Trump, has agreed to testify publicly before Congress early next month before he goes to prison.

"In furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers, I have accepted the invitation by Chairman Elijah Cummings to appear publicly on February 7th before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform," Cohen said in a statement provided by his attorney on Thursday.

"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," he added.

In December, Cohen was sentenced to 3 years in prison for what a Manhattan federal court judge called a "veritable smorgasbord" of criminal conduct, including making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, lying to Congress about the president's business dealings with Russia and failing to report millions of dollars in income.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Thursday that he has 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 new chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., meanwhile, said that it will also be necessary "for Mr Cohen to answer questions pertaining to the Russia investigation, and we hope to schedule a closed session before our committee in the near future."

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