After cancelling his voluntary appearance before the House, Michael Cohen received a Senate subpoena to testify. However, Cohen will also be testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on February 8th.
Cohen cancelled his voluntary appearance after fearing for the safety of his family based on threats from President Trump.
Rep. Adam Schiff commented on Cohen’s concerns.
“Mr. Cohen has relayed to the Committee his legitimate concerns for his own safety as well as that of his family, which have been fueled by improper comments made by the President and his lawyer.
“As I’ve previously stated with my colleagues, Chairmen Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler, efforts to intimidate witnesses, scare their family members, or prevent them from testifying before Congress are tactics we expect from organized crime, not the White House,” Schiff’s statement read.
“These attacks on Mr. Cohen’s family must stop. Federal law prohibits efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress. We will continue to work with Mr. Cohen and law enforcement in order to protect Mr. Cohen and his family.”
In addition, Cohen has retained a new legal team.
Per Lanny Davis, Cohen’s attorney, Cohen retained Michael Monico, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Barry Spevack, a criminal defense lawyer with 38 years of experience who has “co-authored a leading criminal law text.”
“We look forward to helping Mr. Cohen fulfill what he has told us is his only mission – to tell the truth as he knows it and to turn the corner on his past life and taking ownership for his past mistakes by cooperating as best as he can with all governmental authorities in search of the truth,” Monico and Spevack said in a joint statement.
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