11 Jan 2019

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress

11:28 am on 11 January 2019

US President Donald Trump's jailed former lawyer Michael Cohen has agreed to testify publicly before a Congressional committee.

Michael Cohen arrives at federal court for his sentencing hearing, December 12, 2018 in New York City.

Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen. Photo: AFP / Getty Images / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

Cohen said in a statement he had agreed to testify publicly on 7 February.

He said he had accepted an invitation by the panel's Democratic chairperson, US Representative Elijah Cummings, to appear publicly before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the main investigative committee of the House of Representatives.

"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," Cohen said in the statement.

Cohen was sentenced in December to a total of three years in prison for his role in making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Mr Trump's 2016 election campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia.

Cohen, Mr Trump's self-described longtime "fixer," pleaded guilty to the campaign finance charge in August and to making false statements in November.

The committee has a hearing with Cohen posted on its public schedule.

- Reuters

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