Trump’s ex-lawyer to testify at closed US House hearing

Michael Cohen exits the US Courthouse after sentencing at the Manhattan borough of New York City. (Reuters pic)

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen will testify on Feb 8 at a closed hearing of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, the panel’s chairman said on Monday.

Cohen, who is set to go to prison in March after pleading guilty to crimes including campaign finance violations during Trump’s 2016 election campaign, had expressed concern about testifying because of threats against his family from Trump.

“Mr Cohen has relayed to the Committee his legitimate concerns for his own safety as well as that of his family, which have been fuelled by improper comments made by the President and his lawyer,” committee chairman Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said in a statement announcing Cohen’s appearance.