Michael Cohen says threats against his family from President Trump and Rudy Giuliani have forced him to delay testifying in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
“Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, as well as Mr. Cohen’s continued cooperation with ongoing investigations, by advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date,” Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis said in a statement. “Mr. Cohen wishes to thank Chairman Cummings for allowing him to appear before the House Oversight Committee and looks forward to testifying at the appropriate time.”
According to CNN, after it was revealed Cohen would testify before heading to jail on March 6, President Trump stated in a FOX News interview he was aware of damaging information concerning Cohen’s family. He followed that statement up with the tweet saying, “Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!”
President Trump denied he was threatening his former lawyer, telling reporters Cohen has “only been threatened by the truth.”
The public congressional testimony was due to take place on February 7th and his decision to postpone testifying calls into question whether it will actually take place, or if Cohen may be subpoenaed. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, is set to begin a 3-year sentence on March 6th after pleading guilty last year to charges of campaign finance violations, financial crimes and lying to Congress.