The long-time personal advocate of President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, is scheduled to start a three-year prison term in Marchbut before that will testify before the House Oversight Committee, according to a new schedule released by the committee on Tuesday.
CNN reported that the move was one of the first important steps on the part of House Democrats who took control of the House this year and will likely only be the beginning of recruiting members of the House. Trump's campaign and transition team having been associated with the investigation of special advocate Robert Mueller. .
Cohen will testify publicly before the panel on February 7, according to a statement released by Cohen.
"I thank Michael Cohen for agreeing to testify voluntarily before the Supervisory Committee," said Chairman of the Supervisory Board Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in a statement. "I want to clarify that we have no interest in inappropriately intervening in ongoing criminal investigations and, to that end, we are currently consulting the office of the special advocate Mueller."
Cohen has already pleaded guilty and was sentenced in December to three years' imprisonment for several charges, including unauthorized payments to silence women over their relationship with Trump during the presidential campaign.
Since his guilty plea was made in August, Cohen has cooperated with Mueller's investigation and his testimony before Congress could provide even more details to the public.
Cohen stated that he had agreed to testify "as part of my commitment to cooperate and provide answers to the American people".
"I hope to have the privilege of having a platform to report in a comprehensive and credible way on events that have occurred," Cohen said.
After it was revealed that Cohen was cooperating with Mueller, Trump had attacked his longtime lawyer via Twitter, accusing him of lying in an attempt to mellow his prison sentence.
Trump denied having ordered Cohen to pay the women who had relations with Trump for their silence.
During his sentence, Cohen admitted that the "blind loyalty" he had for Trump "led me to choose a path of darkness rather than light."
"Recently, the President tweeted a" poor "calling statement and he was right, but for a very different reason than what he implied," Cohen said at the time. "It's because I have felt many times that it was my duty to hide his dirty deeds rather than listen to my inner voice and moral compass."
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The project of the Trump Tower Tower in Moscow will probably be one of the main issues to be addressed in Cohen's testimony since he worked on this project during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Cohen had initially lied about the end of the negotiations in January 2016, but it is only recently that the discussions continued for several more months when he pleaded guilty.
Cohen will also be confronted with questions about the Trump Tower meeting that was held in New York in June 2016 between senior members of the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer.