Senator Richard Burr isn’t holding back. Burr, a Republican, is the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and he’s blasting Michael Cohen for skipping out for the third time on an appearance.
Senator Burr said any “good will” between the committee and Cohen is gone. Why? Because Cohen was out enjoying a nice meal with friends after saying he was recovering from shoulder surgery.
“According to the press we still have Michael Cohen to interview one more time, but I can assure that any good will that might have existed in the committee with Michael Cohen is now gone,” Burr said as talking to reporters.
“He’s already stiffed us on being in Washington today because of an illness,” Burr said. “You have, um — on Twitter, a reporter reported he was having a wild night Saturday night eating out in New York with five buddies. Didn’t seem to have any physical limitations. And he was out with his wife last night.”
Senator Burr is referring to the cover photo for this post that was taken by journalist Christina Binkley.
Ranking Democrat Senator Mark Warner said he shared the frustrations of Burr.
“You would think that someone — we’ve been trying to work with Mr. Cohen — and somebody whose veracity is in somewhat question, you’d think he would want to not do things that further diminish his ability for people to have faith in him,” Warner said.
Cohen originally said he wanted to appear voluntarily, but then cancelled because of public statements from Rudy Giuliani and President Trump that Cohen said amounted to threats and that he feared for his family’s safety.
In return, Cohen was immediately subpoenaed by the House and that hearing was also canceled.
Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee only said it was in the interests of the investigation to do so.
Cohen is still scheduled to testify in a closed-door session before the House Intelligence Committee on February 28th. In March, Cohen may be in prison, but he could still be subpoenaed to appear.
Originally, I believed Cohen had been cancelling his appearances because Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have told Cohen his testimony would jeopardize the investigation. However, Cohen did retain two new lawyers just to deal with this issue.
In addition, one would think that Special Counsel Mueller would simply reach out to ranking members of the House and Senate and advise them of his investigation and there has been no reporting of that.
So, either Mueller has huge, surprising news coming, or Cohen is hiding something and not telling us the full story.
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