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Michael Cohen’s Senate testimony delayed



Congress is now 0 for 3 in trying to bring in Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, for testimony before he is scheduled to report to federal prison in early March.


The latest panel to come up short in landing Trump’s longtime fixer is the Senate Intelligence Committee, which had issued a subpoena to get closed-door testimony from Cohen on Tuesday.


In a statement on Monday, Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis said the Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election had accepted his client’s request for a delay “due to post-surgery medical needs.”


“A future date will be announced by the committee,” Davis added. Cohen had surgery on his shoulder in January as he prepares to report to federal prison March 6 to begin a three-year sentence for tax fraud and lying to Congress.


A spokeswoman for Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence panel, declined to comment.


Two Democratic-led House panels' attempts to speak with Cohen have failed. Last week, the House Intelligence Committee announced it was delaying its plans to talk with Cohen under subpoena until Feb. 28.


The House Oversight Committee had planned to open its work for 2019 with a public Cohen hearing, but that plan changed after Davis cited “ongoing threats” against his client’s family and Cohen’s continuing cooperation with federal investigators. Cohen’s team is still negotiating with the Oversight panel for a new date.



Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine