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Trump: ‘Interesting’ Cohen is using Clinton lawyer, ‘sadly’ will not testify

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President Trump on Thursday took aim at his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen after the president’s former fixer and his lawyers notified Congress that they were delaying his scheduled Feb. 7 testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

In a tweet, Trump targeted Cohen for being represented by attorney Lanny Davis, who formerly served as special counsel to former President Clinton, while erroneously stating that Davis had worked for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the past.

{mosads}”So interesting that bad lawyer Michael Cohen, who sadly will not be testifying before Congress, is using the lawyer of Crooked Hillary Clinton to represent him – Gee, how did that happen?” Trump tweeted.

“Remember July 4th weekend when Crooked went before FBI & wasn’t sworn in, no tape, nothing?” Trump added, referring to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 interview with FBI agents about the investigation into her use of a personal email server at the State Department.

The president’s tweet came a day after Davis, an opinion contributor to The Hill, released a statement saying that Cohen needed to delay testimony before Congress due to “ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. [Rudy] Giuliani.”

‘[B]y advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date,” Davis said Wednesday.

“Mr. Cohen wishes to thank Chairman [Elijah] Cummings [D-Md.] for allowing him to appear before the House Oversight Committee and looks forward to testifying at the appropriate time,” he continued. “This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first.”

Trump responded to the report on Wednesday by saying that Cohen was “threatened” only by the truth, and was hoping to avoid congressional testimony under oath.

“I would say he’s been threatened by the truth,” the president said. “He’s only been threatened by the truth.”

“He doesn’t want to tell the truth for me or other of his clients,” Trump added.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty last year to a slew of financial crimes including campaign finance violations, which he said in court filings were made for the benefit of then-candidate Trump.

Cohen will be allowed to voluntarily surrender to federal authorities on March 6.

The president’s former lawyer was also sentenced for lying to Congress about the Trump Organization’s efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, which BuzzFeed News reported last week was a lie Cohen told at the direction of the president. The White House and the special counsel’s office both released statements challenging the accuracy of that report.

If he does not comply with invitations to testify before the oversight committee, Cohen could face a subpoena from Cummings, the committee’s new chairman. Cummings refused to comment on the possibility of that happening when questioned by reporters this week.

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