Senate postpones interview with US President Donald Trump’s lawyer in Russia probe

September 19, 2017 3:45 pm

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building for a scheduled interview by the Senate Intelligence Committee on September 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photos by AFP)

The Senate, which has been engaged in probing collusion between President and Russia during the 2016 election, is postponing its interview with his lawyer.
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee announced the decision to delay interviewing Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
 The hotly anticipated interview was apparently postponed as Cohen (pictured below) released a public statement.
“We were disappointed that Mr. Cohen decided to pre-empt today’s interview by releasing a public statement prior to his engagement with Committee staff, in spite of the Committee’s requests that he refrain from public comment,” said the Republican chairman of the committee, Senator Richard Burr and his ranking Democrat, Vice Chairman Mark Warner in a statement.  “As a result, we declined to move forward with today’s interview.”
His appearance was said to be rescheduled for “the near future”  but for a public interview this time rather that one behind closed doors.
“Last week, the fact that we would be here today and you would be visiting to us was leaked to the press,” said Steve Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, referring to press reports revealing the closed-door testimony. “So everyone knew that we would be here today. Accordingly, we provided the short four-page opening statement that Mr. Cohen intended deliver to the press at 10 o’clock this morning.”
In a declassified report released in January, the intelligence community concluded that Russia helped with the New York billionaire’s campaign effort to win the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and Trump.
The president is now being accused of obstructing justice in the investigation process, in part since he dismissed the FBI director at the helm of the probe, James Comey.
The intelligence community has done its best to keep the investigation as secretive as possible.
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