US President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen will testify to Congress on February 7 on his dealings with the president Photo: AFP/File

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to testify to Congress in February


President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen will testify in Congress next month, lawmakers said Thursday, posing a potential new threat to the president as the Russia collusion investigation increasingly menaces the White House.

The newly Democrat-controlled House Oversight Committee said Thursday that Cohen will testify in a public session on Feb 7.

The testimony comes after Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison for multiple crimes, including felony violations of campaign finance laws he undertook, prosecutors alleged, under Trump's direction.

"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.

Cohen, who had been the real estate billionaire's right-hand-man and fixer at the Trump Organization in New York, said at his December 12 sentencing that he spent years covering up for his boss's "dirty deeds."

A hearing could delve into the financial deals of the Trump Organization as well as the Trump 2016 election campaign's dealings with Russia, already being probed by the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

It will also examine the payments Cohen made in 2016 just ahead of the election for the silence of two women who had claimed to have affairs with Trump.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in jail on December 12 after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements and illegal campaign contributions.

His incarceration was delayed in part to allow him to testify in Congress.

The hearing will kick off what is expected to a swirl of attacks on Trump from the House of Representatives after Democrats captured the body from Republicans in November's election.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said the committee had given the White House and the Trump Organization until January 22 to produce documents related to the hush payments.

"Last November, the American people voted overwhelmingly for Congress to do two things -- address the core issues that affect their daily lives, and fulfill our Constitutional responsibility to serve as an independent check and balance on the executive branch by restoring accountability and transparency," Cummings said in a statement.

"This initial set of hearings will serve both goals by launching our broad review of the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs, hearing directly from President Trump's longtime personal attorney, and focusing on sweeping legislative reforms to strengthen our democracy."

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Inconsistent Trump lapdogs will be disparaging Cohen despite having idolized him before he came clean. They only like dirty people.

We'll also hear incorrectly how Cohen isn't a credible witness because he admitted to lying. Good thing that his testimony won't be considered in a vacuum.

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Trump-san, one sure sign you are a crook and fraud when your lawyer is a criminal himself...

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Individual #1 is in deep #2.

After years of fake "Benghazi" hearings, it will be great to listen to revelations about actual crimes, committed by close associates of the sitting president, and even implicating him.

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He's testifying in public. I wonder if that's a good thing right now - with the investigation still under way this could potentially expose information that is better not exposed until the investigation is complete.

Either way, it should be extremely interesting to hear what he has to say.

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MAGA - My Attorney Got Arrested! And Is Spilling His Guts!

Cohen is going to burn Trump - especially now that we know that Manafort has admitted to providing campaign polling data to a Russian Oligarch affiliated with Putin - COLLUSION!

Now we'll hear about all the other collusion activities - why Trump offered to give Putin a $10 million penthouse, etc...

Donnie better get those Honduran caravan actors he hired down in South America to speed up their arrival at the border...

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Ohhh, things are about to go... DOWN. He'll be testifying in front of congress? Next month? Look at all this smoke! We're getting closer to the location of the FIRE!

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Michael Cohen worked as a lawyer for Trump a long dozen years from 2006-2018, reached a high level, and became renowned as his "fixer"

Trump wouldn't have kept him that long, promoted him, and given him important jobs to fix............... if Trump didn't consider Cohen competent at the jobs given to him

So, it's either that Trump is really bad running as a boss............... or Cohen has some real competency at his jobs

One or the other - can't be both

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What a loser Michael Cohen was?

He has lied before and he will lie again. Michael Cohen was not worthy person.

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Inconsistent Trump lapdogs will be disparaging Cohen despite having idolized him before he came clean. They only like dirty people.

No conservative idolized Cohen, they just accepted him as Trump’s personal lawyer.

We'll also hear incorrectly how Cohen isn't a credible witness because he admitted to lying. Good thing that his testimony won't be considered in a vacuum.

Yes, he’s not credible because he lied so many times, that’s one reason why this back and forth and when you become a rat to save your skin, you’ll say anything. As the great liberal Alan Dershowitz says, Cohen didn’t just sing, he probably composed as well. I get it, he has a family and he’s not built for prison, he’s got kids and doesn’t want to miss them growing up, but knowing that he will sell or give anyone up so that he keeps his freedom casts doubt of his credibility, of course it does. So of course, he’ll say anything and how he will say it if Mueller wants him to. But Cohen was also a greedy one and given the fact that he perjured himself so much in many of the shady deals he was trying to make, makes this guy a questionable witness at best.

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Yes, he’s not credible because he lied so many times

That would make Trump not credible too, then. Which puts him in considerable legal difficulty, even with the privileges and powers of a president.

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