Cohen attorney talks to Senate panel about an interview before sentencing

Cohen attorney talks to Senate panel about an interview before sentencing
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An attorney representing President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE's former lawyer Michael Cohen is in talks with the Senate Judiciary Committee over the possibility of his client testifying before he is sentenced for bank and tax fraud and campaign finance violations.

Cohen, who pleaded guilty last week and implicated the president in a hush-money scheme in court documents, could testify in front of the committee before his scheduled sentencing hearing in December, according to Bloomberg News.

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“Mr. Petrillo indicated they could not yet schedule an interview, but that he would contact the committee when his client is ready,” a spokesman for the Judiciary Committee said of Cohen's attorney, Guy Petrillo.

Petrillo separately told Bloomberg that talks over a voluntary interview “prior to sentencing” were ongoing.

In a recent letter to Democratic committee member Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump eyes narrowly focused response to Iran attacks Kavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Senate GOP pledges to oppose any efforts to 'pack' Supreme Court MORE (R.I.) obtained by the news outlet, the committee's chairman, Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Trump: 'Great to see' Pelosi plan to lower drug prices Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices MORE (R-Iowa) indicated that the panel would continue pursuing Cohen's testimony.

“As I have said many times, I am committed to following the facts wherever they lead, and to working in a bipartisan fashion whenever possible,” Grassley said. “This committee will continue attempts to reschedule the voluntary interview to which Mr. Cohen had previously agreed.”

Cohen pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, the same day that former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLewandowski refuses to say whether Trump has offered him a pardon Democrats return to a battered Trump Manafort's legal team argues NY prosecution constitutes double jeopardy MORE was found guilty of tax fraud.

A source close to the attorney told CNN last week that Cohen is "resigned" to the possibility of jail time for his crimes, and does not expect a pardon from the president, who has attacked him publicly following his guilty plea.

"He's very resigned to doing the time. He's resigned to the fact that he's going to go to jail for some time," the source told CNN.