Trump's ex-lawyer to talk to Senate intel panel on Tuesday

Cohen's testimony in front of the House intelligence committee is set for February 28. "Congress has an obligation under the Constitution to conduct independent and robust oversight of the Executive Branch, and this hearing is one step in that process".

In August, Cohen admitted he made illegal campaign contributions at the behest of Trump and pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in connection with the hush-money payments.

Fry, was charged by prosecutors in the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California with the unauthorized disclosure of a document called a suspicious activity report, or SAR, which banks file when they review transactions that raise red flags.

After testifying publicly on Capitol Hill next Wednesday, Feb. 27, Cohen is then scheduled appear in a closed session before the House intelligence committee the next day.

Cohen will not be questioned about the ongoing investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller or the House and Senate Intelligence Committees into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. He will now report to prison on May 6.

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Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison for crimes including orchestrating hush payments to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election. Cohen has agreed to cooperate with the Mueller probe.

"Mr Cohen will only talk about personal experiences and anecdotes over his 10 years working for Mr Trump", Davis said, adding that his client would speak to why he can "no longer defend" Trump and sees him as a threat to the country.

According to a memo sent out by committee staff, Cohen's appearance before the oversight panel will concern various financial issues related to the 2016 presidential campaign, including payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal that federal prosecutors in NY say were directed by Trump. Among the crimes was a hush-money scheme meant to silence women who said they had affairs with Trump.

In a letter requesting the delay dated Wednesday, Cohen attorney Michael D. Monico cited a "more fulsome letter" sent to Pauley eight days ago by Cohen that was sealed.

"The schedule has now been set", Cohen tweeted Wednesday evening. "In addition, he will be able to prepare for the expected testimony next week before congressional committees, which he welcomes".

  • Sonia Alvarado