Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer and confidant, to appear before Senate investigators

Cheryl Sanders
September 20, 2017

Cohen referred questions to his attorney, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

After spending about 90 minutes in the intelligence committee's secure meeting room, Cohen and his lawyer told reporters the committee has postponed his testimony and he would return voluntarily at a later date.

The meeting, though, was cut short, after the committee discovered that Cohen had shared the written statement he had prepared for investigators with the media, provoking the committee to abruptly call off the interview.

"My wife and I have been married for 23 years, and are now entering the season of our lives when we get to watch our children become adults themselves", Cohen's statement says.

Mr. Cohen reiterated many of those points, albeit in abbreviated form, on Tuesday, telling investigators that he had never engaged with or been paid by any Russian agents or anyone else to interfere with the election, to hack an organization or to spread false information to influence the campaign.

"Let me be totally clear that I am innocent of the allegations raised against me in the public square", Cohen said in the statement.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) later issued a statement castigating Cohen.

Cohen will meet behind closed doors with investigators for the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is one of at least four congressional committees looking into aspects of suspected Russian interference in the election. "The Committee expects witnesses in this investigation to work in good faith with the Senate". Cohen was later asked to appear at an open hearing on October 25.

Multiple congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are tightening their focus on some of Trump's family members and campaign associates as probes into Russia's election-meddling enter a new and more aggressive phase.

In the dossier, which was funded by a political ally of Hillary Clinton's, Steele alleges that Cohen met last August with Russian government officials in Prague, Czech Republic to discuss helping the Trump campaign.

Cohen came under renewed scrutiny late last month when The Washington Post reported that he had pursued a Trump Tower Moscow project with Felix Sater, a Russia-born businessman who is a longtime Trump Organization adviser.

Cohen also addressed a recent report that he attempted to make a deal for the construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney.

"Over the past few months I have been working with a company based in Russian Federation regarding the development of a Trump Tower - Moscow project in Moscow City", Cohen wrote to the spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, according to the emails submitted to the congressional intelligence committees and read to The Post.

Cohen can also offer broad insight into the inner workings of Trump's real estate dealings that could guide the committee as it hears testimony from other witnesses. "It's confusing because the press had it before our committee and it's never been before our committee", she said. "The accusations are entirely and totally false".

"I was doing my job", he added.

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