Giuliani ‘100 percent’ certain Trump never told Cohen to lie to Congress

President Donald Trump's former attorney and personal "fixer" Michael Cohen has backed out of a scheduled February 7 hearing before the House Oversight Committee, Cohen's lawyer said Wednesday.

Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, announced the cancellation in an emailed statement on Wednesday, citing Cohen's continued cooperation with "ongoing investigations" as a reason for delaying his House testimony, in addition to the threats from Trump and Giuliani.

"This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first", he added.

Cohen's decision not to testify out of fear for his family could be yet another basis for the now-Democrat-controlled House to determine that Trump engaged in an abuse of power.

Giuliani's answers contradicted months of statements from Trump and his team that discussions about a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow ended before the Iowa primaries in January 2016.

"I would say he's been threatened by the truth".

They added: "We will not let the President's tactics prevent Congress from fulfilling our constitutionally mandated oversight responsibilities". Earlier on Wednesday, Schiff said he was prepared to subpoena Cohen if he would not testify voluntarily.

The report said Mueller's investigators learned about Trump's directive "through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents".

Davis was referring to Giuliani's remarks during an appearance last Sunday on CNN, in which he said that Cohen's father-in-law, "may have ties to something called organized crime". Trump, for example, told Fox News this month that Cohen "should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that's the one that people want to look at".

Cohen, the president's onetime fixer, is set to begin a three-year prison sentence in March.

Rep. Stephen Lynch, a senior member of the Oversight Committee, says he expects Cummings will issue a subpoena for Cohen's testimony. In one interview, Giuliani said Trump had been in talks over the proposed Moscow Trump Tower project throughout the presidential campaign, possibly as late as October or November 2016.

Cohen friend Donny Deutsch, an advertising executive, said that Cohen has been increasingly anxious that Mr Trump would retaliate against him by further attacking his family if he testified.

"There's one Trump/Moscow link where the emerging evidence is already as damning as it is disturbing: during much, if not all, of Trump's campaign, he sought to enrich himself by pursuing a luxury hotel/condominium/office deal in Russian Federation known as Trump Tower Moscow", USA Today stresses.

Trump told reporters at the White House that Cohen "has been threatened by the truth".

"We have received Mr. Cohen's notice postponing his voluntary appearance in an open hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Reform".

  • Joey Payne