President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and self-described “fixer” has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee to offer “a full and credible account” of his work with Trump, according to The New York Times.
Michael Cohen, who implicated the president in a scheme during the 2016 campaign to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with Trump, has been cooperating with federal investigators — including special counsel Robert Mueller — since he was charged with a variety of financial crimes.
Mr. Cohen’s decision to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7 sets the stage for a blockbuster public hearing that threatens to further damage the president’s image and could clarify the depth of his legal woes. Mr. Cohen, a consigliere to Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer and presidential candidate as well as informally as president, was privy to the machinations of Mr. Trump’s inner circle and key moments under scrutiny by both the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and federal prosecutors in New York.
All of America might soon hear what Cohen has to say as he appears before Congress on national television.
“In furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers, I have accepted the invitation by Chairman Elijah Cummings to appear publicly on February 7,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement. “I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired.”
The Times said it was not clear whether any topics related to investigations in New York or by special counsel will be off limits during Cohen’s testimony, nor could it be determined when Cummings formally invited the attorney to testify.
But in December, Mr. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he wanted Mr. Cohen to appear before Congress as soon as this month and signaled that he viewed it as a matter of extreme consequence.
“I’m hoping that Mr. Cohen will come before the Congress, where he can tell the American public exactly what he has been saying to Mueller and others, without interfering with the Mueller investigation,” Mr. Cummings said. “I think the American people just voted for transparency and integrity in our hearings. They want to hear from him.”