President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen is postponing his scheduled Feb. 7 testimony to Congress due to threats against his family from Trump, his adviser said on Wednesday.
Cohen was scheduled to testify on Feb. 7. He’s been the target of repeated insults from Trump and his lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, both of whom have suggested that Cohen is trying to conceal crimes by his father-in-law.
“Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, as well as Mr. Cohen's continued cooperation with ongoing investigations, by advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date,” Lanny Davis, the spokesman, said in his statement.
Cohen “looks forward to testifying at the appropriate time,” Davis added.
Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Cohen's concern for safety was "legitimate" given the "attacks" by Trump and Giuliani.
But they also said they expected Cohen to appear before their committee at some point.
The president commented on Cohen's allegations Wednesday at the White House saying: "He's only been threatened by the truth."
Trump has called Cohen a liar and said he was unaware of his criminal activities.
Cohen has pleaded guilty to nine crimes, including campaign finance violations for arranging election-year hush money payments to women who said they had affairs with Trump years ago.
He is required to turn himself to authorities on March 6.