Michael Cohen, former attorney and “fixer” for the president, has agreed to testify publicly before Congress about his dealings with Trump.
In what is considered a major win for newly sworn in House Democrats, Cohen has agreed to testify publicly before the House Oversight Committee on February 7.
It will be the first time congressional Democrats will be able to control the interrogation of a member of the president’s inner circle and campaign team, almost all of whom are involved in the special investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Cohen has plead guilty to two campaign finance charges related to the campaign, involving the payment of hush-money to adult film-star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal to keep them silent about their affairs with then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election.
During his trial, Cohen strongly asserted that he made the two payments at the direct instruction of Trump.
According to House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, the public testimony was cleared with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, making it highly probable that Mueller has signed off on the public disclosure of whatever Cohen will be questioned on.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has also sought testimony from Cohen, and will likely handle all questioning explicitly related to the Russia investigation behind closed doors in a separate hearing.
Schiff and other committee chairmen hope to have their opportunity to question the infamous fixer before his three-year prison sentence begins in March.
Iron Triangle Press will report on the outcome of his testimony.