Now that the House Oversight Committee is under the control of Congressional Democrats --- Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, former ranking Democrat, is the incoming chairman --- former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has agreed to appear in an open hearing (and possibly also a closed-door one) to answer questions before he begins serving his prison sentence.
In a statement, Cummings thanked Cohen for agreeing to testify, adding, “I want to make clear that we have no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations, and to that end, we are in the process of consulting with Special Counsel Mueller’s office.”
You bet they are.
When Cohen raises his hand and swears to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, it’s going to be very hard for people in the room to keep straight faces, but, being lawyers, politicians and media people with knives out for Trump, they’ll manage. This guy is so disreputable, he surreptitiously recorded his own client. He also has made it clear that his intention is to go after the President, no holds barred, and now he’s been given what might be considered the ultimate forum in which to do so, being questioned by people who share that same goal.
It seems unusual to have Cohen testify in public while Mueller’s investigation is still going on. But there may be little choice in the matter, as it would have to be done before he goes off to the clink. In fact, one may speculate that offering this “cooperation” could be a way for Cohen to have his sentence reduced under his plea deal. Mueller may, of course, choose to restrict their lines of questioning.
Cohen's testimony has already been scheduled. The date is February 7. As this is a developing story, we’ll have more analysis soon.