WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday said he’s “not worried about it at all” about news that former attorney Michael Cohen will testify before Congress.
Cohen, who was sentenced last month to three years in prison for crimes including orchestrating “hush money” payments to two of the president’s former lovers in violation of campaign finance laws, is scheduled to testify next month before a Democratic-led House Oversight and Reform Committee chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings.
Cohen is expected to face tough questioning by Democrats about the payments he now says he arranged on Trump’s behalf to keep details about the president’s extramarital affair allegations from being revealed during the 2016 presidential election.
“I’m not worried about it at all,” Trump said when asked about Cohen’s planned testimony during a trip Thursday to visit border patrol agents in Texas.
Cohen’s agreement to testify against Trump was central to a plea deal he arranged with prosecutors last year.
In a statement released Thursday by his attorney Lanny Davis, Cohen said:
“In furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers, I have accepted the invitation by Chairman Elijah Cummings to appear publicly on February 7th before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired.”
Last week the House of Representatives and it’s related committees came under the control of the new Democratic majority, which has vowed to use its powers to investigate Donald Trump and his administration.