Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen delaying testimony to Congress

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Michael Cohen has postponed his February 7 testimony in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform due to "ongoing threats against his family" from President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

Davis said "family is out of bounds", adding that Congress should censure Trump for his comments and investigate Giuliani.

Mr Davis said Cohen looked forward to testifying at a later date.

Cohen postponed his testimony due to ongoing threats against his family, the New York Times reports.

Cummings and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) responded by acknowledging Cohen's expressed concerns but also emphasizing that "not appearing before Congress was never an option". In a 2007 deposition, Trump said, "We will be in Moscow at some point".

President Donald Trump's lawyer-spokesman Rudy Giuliani and a disputed Buzzfeed News report have muddied the waters on exactly how long negotiations over the project went on. Threats from the duo reached Cohen and his family as recently as this weekend, according to a statement from Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis. The President likes what Giuliani does for him and thinks he is effective, the team member said. "I still believe he may have been telling the truth when he testified before Congress".

Cohen's father-in-law, Fima Shusterman, could not immediately be reached for comment.

"That's the one that people want to look at", the President said in the interview.

"He's only been threatened by the truth", the president said.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings says the logistics of Michael Cohen's testimony are still being worked out.

"Do not think that just because he's pleaded guilty to something that Michael Cohen's telling the truth", he told CNN's Jake Tapper of Cohen.

Giuliani, the president's current lawyer, has highlighted problems with Cohen's credibility.

In addition to tax evasion and bank fraud, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty late past year to lying to Congress. Cohen lied under oath when he told congressional investigators that Trump's efforts to build Trump Tower Moscow ceased in January 2016 - because, according to Cohen, they actually ceased in June 2016.

The committees have been in touch with Cohen and offered to work with law enforcement to enhance security measures to protect his family and is in touch with Cohen's lawyers about when he would testify, they said.

Last year, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting to a raft of financial crimes, including campaign finance violations. Trump alleged that Cohen lied to Mueller and demanded that his former fixer "serve a full and complete sentence".

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.

The Senate committee did not immediately confirm the subpoena, but any interview with Cohen would nearly certainly take place in private, in keeping with how the panel generally conducts Russia-related hearings.

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