Senate Intelligence Committee leaders want Cohen to testify again

Senate Intelligence Committee leaders want Cohen to testify again
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The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday that they want President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE's former lawyer Michael Cohen to testify before the panel regarding recent media reports indicating he knew about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting before it took place.

As Cohen surrendered to the FBI ahead of his guilty plea on charges of tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violations in New York, Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes NC Republican primary key test of Trump's sway MORE (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' Advocates call on top Democrats for 0B in housing investments Democrats draw red lines in spending fight MORE (D-Va.) issued a joint statement.

"[Cohen] appears to be pleading guilty to very serious charges," the senators said. "However, we have no insight into any agreements he and his legal team have allegedly reached with the prosecutors in New York."

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"What we can say is we recently re-engaged Mr. Cohen and his team following press reports that suggested he had advanced knowledge of the June 16th meeting between campaign officials and a Russian lawyer at the Trump Tower," the senators added.

Burr said on MSNBC on Tuesday that Cohen previously testified before the committee and said he was not aware of the Trump Tower meeting until reports emerged in the press the following year.

"As such, the committee inquired of Mr. Cohen's legal team as to whether Mr. Cohen stood by his testimony," Burr and Warner said in their statement. "They responded that he did stand by his testimony."

"We hope that the day's developments in Mr. Cohen's plea agreement will not preclude him from an appearance before our committee as needed for ongoing investigation," the senators added.

A recent CNN report indicated that Cohen was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that the president knew that Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents MORE, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE and others planned to meet with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.