The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday postponed an interview with President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen after he violated Senate rules by speaking to the press about his closed-door testimony, forcing him to now appear in an open setting “in the near future.”
“We were disappointed that Mr. Cohen decided to pre-empt today’s interview by releasing a public statement prior to his engagement with Committee staff, in spite of the Committee’s requests that he refrain from public comment,” Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) said in a statement.
“As a result, we declined to move forward with today’s interview.”
The Hill added:
Cohen on Tuesday morning released a statement and some associated documents on his website. The documents included a blanket denial of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Cohen’s attorney Steve Ryan told reporters that the statement was “factual,” “accurate” and “respectful” and that Cohen stands behind it.
“Last week, the fact that we would be here today and you would be visiting to us was leaked to the press,” Ryan said.
“So everyone knew that we would be here today. Accordingly, we provided the short four-page opening statement that Mr Cohen intended deliver to the press at 10 o’clock this morning.”
Ryan said that Cohen will return for a voluntary interview “whenever we can to meet with them.”