Michael Cohen agrees to testify February 8 behind closed doors, House Intel chairman says

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 17:36:38-05

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen has agreed to testify behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee next month, according to Cohen's new lawyer Michael Monico.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of California announced that Cohen would testify before the intelligence panel on February 8. Cohen was initially scheduled to appear in an open hearing before the House Oversight Committee one day earlier, but he abruptly announced last week he was postponing his scheduled congressional testimony , citing "ongoing threats against his family" from Trump and the President's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

Cohen has also been subpoenaed to appear in mid-February before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the committee is in touch with Cohen's legal team about that appearance, too.

"We will continue to work with Mr. Cohen and law enforcement in order to protect Mr. Cohen and his family," Schiff said in a statement, in which he thanked Cohen for agreeing to talk to the intelligence panel voluntarily.