Michael Cohen played a portfolio of roles under the watchful hand of Donald Trump, from personal fixer to attack dog, before finally finding his distance between himself and the president.
In his new role as Trump turncoat, Cohen is headed to prison for his past sins, and his latest move is one that promises all the familiar pandemonium of a Washington event in the Trump era: Cohen will testify before Congress.
On Thursday, it was announced that Cohen will testify before the House Oversight Committee on February 7. The hearing will be open and, indubitably, nationally televised.
In a statement, Cohen cited a “commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers.”
My statement regarding testifying publicly before Congress: pic.twitter.com/apNhAdfVds
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 10, 2019
Since turning on Trump, Cohen has pulled a number of stunts that have driven the conversation. In July, he released an audio recording of a conversation between him and Trump in which the pair discuss paying off a Playboy model to keep silent about her alleged affair with Trump.
In December, when he was sentenced to three years in prison, Cohen told the court: “I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than to listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass.”
As Washington draws ever closer to the day on which special counsel Robert Mueller releases his report, Cohen is sure to be one of the key witnesses that Mueller relied on. In a tweet sent just after Christmas, Cohen wrote, “Mueller knows everything!”
What Cohen may reveal to Congress and the American public when he appears on Capitol Hill in February is anybody’s guess. Lawmakers are sure to ask about the hush money payments that Cohen facilitated to adult film star Stormy Daniels. There’s also a pretty good chance that they’ll have a few questions about Cohen’s work for Trump when the president was still a real estate mogul.