President Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen has agreed to voluntarily testify before the House Oversight Committee next month, the Democratic chairman of the panel has announced.
“I thank Michael Cohen for agreeing to testify before the Oversight Committee voluntarily,” Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a statement.
“I want to make clear that we have no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations, and to that end, we are in the process of consulting with Special Counsel Mueller’s office. The Committee will announce additional information in the coming weeks.”
Cohen is scheduled to testify before the committee on Feb. 7.
“In furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers, I have accepted the invitation by Chairman Elijah Cummings to appear publicly on February 7th before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,” Cohen said in a statement released through his attorney.
“I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired.”
The hearing will come two-and-a-half months after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 about details of an aborted Trump real-estate project in Moscow, Russia.
Cohen, 52, last August pleaded guilty to eight charges lodged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which included tax crimes, lying to banks and violating campaign finance laws.
When he was sentenced last month, Cohen said his “own weakness and a blind loyalty to” Trump had “led me to choose a path of darkness over light.”
“Time and again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds,” Cohen said in federal court in Manhattan, where he was ordered to begin serving his 36-month prison sentence on March 6.
He remains free on bail until then.