According to multiple sources who reported on Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee plans to subpoena Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and will have him testify in public.
NBC News had reported that Senate investigators had canceled an interview with Cohen on Tuesday. This was because they believed Cohen broke an agreement not to speak with the media about the closed hearing.
Now, according to NBC News, the committee now plans to subpoena Cohen and to have him testify in a public setting.
“Let me be clear that I am totally innocent of the allegations raised against me in the public square, which are based upon misinformation and unnamed or unverifiable sources,” Cohen had written in the prepared remarks. “I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack anyone or any organization.”
“I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack the Democratic Party computers; and I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to create fake news stories to assist the Trump campaign or to damage the Clinton campaign.”
Cohen left the private meeting before giving the testimony.
Both Democratic and Republican heads of Senate Intelligence panel said they were “disappointed that Mr. Cohen decided to preempt today’s interview by releasing a public statement prior to his engagement.”
“The Committee expects witnesses in this investigation to work in good faith with the Senate,” they said in a statement.