Michael Cohen Postpones House Testimony Due To 'Ongoing Threats'

Michael Cohen's lawyer said Wednesday his client is postponing the Feb. 7 congressional testimony, citing threats to his family from President Trump.
Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 23, 2019

President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen is postponing an upcoming House testimony, citing threats from the President against his family. 

In a statement Wednesday, Cohen's lawyer said the threats in question were made "as recently as this weekend," and that his client "looks forward to testifying at the appropriate time." 

Cohen had agreed to publicly testify before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7 as the panel looks into a range of topics involving the President. 

The chairmen of the Oversight and Intelligence committees responded, saying they still expect Cohen to appear before the panel at some point, and they won't "let the President's tactics" get in the way of oversight responsibilities. 

President Trump also weighed in on the news, telling reporters at the White House: "I would say he's been threatened by the truth. He's only been threatened by the truth. He doesn't want to do that probably for me or other of his clients. He has other clients also, I assume. And he doesn't want to tell the truth for me or other of his clients." 

Last year, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump Tower project in Russia and multiple other financial crimes. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison. 

Media outlets report that Elijah Cummings, who chairs the Oversight Committee, could ultimately subpoena Cohen. Cohen is scheduled to start serving his prison sentence on March 6th. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN