Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to testify in public before Congress

Michael Cohen

Donald Trump's current lawyer attacks the president's one-time lawyer on Thursday.

It's unclear whether Cohen's testimony contains evidence that could lead to the impeachment of the USA president, but given the fact that Trump's casually-tweeted comments (such as criticisms of the Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell) have been correlated with major turbulence in the stock markets, the last thing the economy needs at the moment is another wild card.

Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former lawyer, is due to testify against his former boss on February 7 in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee before beginning a three-year prison term for multiple charges.

Regardless of what Cohen says, though, his testimony will surely result in a presidential temper tantrum from his one-time mentor, who has called Cohen a "weak person", and recommended that people not hire him as their lawyer.

Others in Trump's personal orbit are also facing scrutiny, and House Democrats, having retaken the majority earlier this month, now have subpoena power.

Giuliani's comments were recorded by Fox News producer Pat Ward.

Cummings has signaled that his committee is more interested in investigating the president's involvement in the campaign violations to which Cohen pleaded guilty a year ago.

The former Trump fixer agreed to testify voluntarily, Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said in a statement.

It noted that the committee has "no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations", and will be consulting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller beforehand.

"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".

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Cummings said that Oversight Committee, which is also slated to take on increases in prescription drug prices later this month, would announce more information about the hearing in the coming weeks.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, who was made chairman of the committee after Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, made the announcement Thursday.

At the time of Cohen's sentencing, federal authorities announced a deal not to prosecute American Media Inc.

Cohen has testified behind close doors to both the Senate and the House previously, some of which led to his conviction on lying to Congress.

Based on the description in the court documents, Individual 1 appears to be President Trump.

"There will be limitations", Cummings said. "I want to be clear on that".

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he welcomed Cohen's agreement to testify, but added it would be "necessary. for Mr. Cohen to answer questions pertaining to the Russian Federation investigation, and we hope to schedule a closed session before our committee in the near future".

"It will be necessary, however, for Mr Cohen to answer questions pertaining to the Russian Federation investigation, and we hope to schedule a closed session before our committee in the near future".

"We hope to schedule a closed session before our committee in the near future", Schiff said.

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