WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer will postpone his public testimony to Congress says his attorney Lanny Davis.
Cohen, who last August pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump project in Russia and to arranging “hush money” payments to two women who claimed to have had romantic relationships with Trump prior to his 2016 presidential campaign, was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7.
In a statement, Davis said Cohen’s delayed appearance is on the advice of his attorneys. Davis claimed his client has received “multiple threats” from both President Donald Trump and Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, since agreeing to appear before the panel as part of a plea bargain he struck with federal prosecutors. Davis did not elaborate as to what those threats entailed.
“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,” Davis said.
“This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first,” Davis said, adding that his client “looks forward to testifying at the appropriate time.”
During a press conference at the White House on Wednesday, Trump denied the allegations.
“He’s only been threatened by the truth,” the president told reporters.
Cohen’s planned testimony is expected to be centered around Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump and Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.