Michael Cohen subpoenaed by Senate Intelligence Committee to testify before prison sentence begins
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, has been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify in mid-February before he goes to federal prison, CNBC is reporting.
A spokeswoman for the Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, declined CNBC’s request for a comment. And Lanny Davis, Cohen’s attorney, declined to comment as well.
This development with the Senate Intelligence Committee follows a Cohen-related joint statement released on January 23 by Rep. Elijah Cummings (who chairs the House Oversight Committee) and Rep. Adam Schiff (chairman of the House Intelligence Committee). Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis stated that Cohen wanted to delay his Trump-related testimony before Congress because of “threats against his family—and Cummings and Schiff, in their official statement, described Cohen’s safety concerns as “completely legitimate.” However, the congressmen have also said that they still expect him to testify before Congress at some point.
Cohen has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for a variety of crimes, and Cummings and Schiff were hoping he would testify before Congress before his incarceration begins. In August, Cohen pled guilty to felonies ranging from tax and bank fraud to campaign finance violations—and more recently, he also admitted to lying before Congress about plans for the construction of a Trump Tower Moscow in Russia.