Trump's ex-lawyer will testify before Congress on February 7
Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen will testify in the US House of Representatives on February 7, according to the published schedule of hearings in the House Supervisory Committee.
I thank Michael Cohen for voluntarily agreeing to testify in the oversight committee. I want to make clear that we are not interested in improper intervention in any ongoing criminal investigations, and to this end we are in the process of consulting with special prosecutor (Robert) Muller” – said in a statement the head of the Committee of Democrat Elijah Cummings.
Since 2017, Special Prosecutor Muller has been investigating the so-called Russian interference in US elections in 2016 and an agreement between Trump’s entourage and the Russian authorities. As part of this investigation, Cohen, who denied his contacts with representatives of the Kremlin, is also passing.
However, congressmen are interested not so much in this story as in Cohen’s role in the scandal between Trump and porn actress Stormy Daniels (real name Steffani Clifford). Some opponents of the president are trying to use this situation to accuse the head of state of obstructing justice with the subsequent declaration of impeachment.
Cohen previously pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws. He admitted that he was a mediator in the payments for the silence that Trump made Stormy Daniels. In addition, Cohen admitted to tax evasion. In mid-December, he was sentenced to three years in prison for violating election laws. He is expected to begin serving his sentence on March 6.
Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of trying to influence elections in different countries, calling them “absolutely unfounded.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking of the alleged Russian interference in elections in the United States and other countries, said that there was no evidence to support this. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that this case is internal disputes in the United States, and expressed hope that the investigation and the development of relations between the countries would be stopped.