Michael Cohen may finally appear before the House Oversight Committee after the former Trump fixer was granted a request to postpone his prison report date by two months.
Cohen must report to prison on May 6, instead of the earlier set date of March 6. The request was granted on Wednesday to allow Cohen time to recover from a surgical procedure on his shoulder.
Soon after the news of Cohen’s delayed prison date, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform announced a new date for a previously scrapped hearing with Cohen.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) February 21, 2019
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) announced the hearing in a press release:
“I am pleased to announce that Michael Cohen’s public testimony before the Oversight Committee is back on, despite efforts by some to intimidate his family members and prevent him from appearing. Congress has an obligation under the Constitution to conduct independent and robust oversight of the Executive Branch, and this hearing is one step in that process.”
Cohen had previously canceled a scheduled hearing with the Oversight committee, citing threats to his family from President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Soon after that, Cohen postponed a hearing with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Now, barring any further cancellation or postponement, Cohen’s is set to testify in a public hearing before the Oversight committee on February 27.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the top Republican on the committee, slammed the decision in a statement on Thursday. The ranking member called the hearing “phase one of the Democrats’ coordinated campaign to remove the President from office,” and blasted the decision to hear from Cohen as “beneath the dignity of the Congress.”
— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) February 21, 2019
Cohen’s potential testimony could reveal previously unheard details of the inner workings of the Trump organization. The former Trump fixer’s attorney, Lanny Davis, described the details of his client’s time with Trump as “chilling” in a recent interview.
“He needs to tell his personal story to the American people,” Davis said in a podcast interview with ABC News.
But Cohen’s admission to past lies will give critics plenty of reason to doubt any revelations that may come from his testimony.