UPDATED 7:32 AM PT — Friday, January 17, 2019
Doubts are surfacing on whether Michael Cohen will testify before Congress next month. On Thursday, one of Cohen’s advisers said he’s reconsidering the idea, citing safety concerns for himself and his family.
The House Oversight Committee called on him to testify last week in one of their first orders of business since beginning the new congressional session.
If he does appear before the panel, reports say Robert Mueller will likely restrict what Cohen can say to avoid interfering with the special counsel’s investigation.
His lawyer, Lanny Davis, laid out what Cohen will likely talk about at the hearing.
“In open court he expressed his shame of being blindly loyal, ignoring — what he called — the dirty deeds of the man that he worked for,” said Davis. “He, now, is drawing a line to the threat to the country and to his family, now we see in a personal attack, when that same man becomes president of the United States and that’s the story you can expect he will tell before Mr. Cummings.”
Many of Cohen’s critics are questioning how his testimony could taken as fact when he has a lengthy history of lying. His appearance is set for February 7, 2019.