Trump Lawyer Cohen Says Senate Intel Committee Postponed His Interview

Senate intel leaders send blunt message to Trump team

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer said that the Senate Intelligence Committee chose to postpone his closed-door interview.

The Senate Intelligence Committee canceled its private interview with Cohen that had been scheduled for Tuesday morning.

As a result, the committee plans to hold another meeting with Cohen - this time in public, committee chairman Richard Burr and vice-chairman Mark Warner said in a statement Tuesday.

Russia's efforts are now under investigation by congressional committees and, separately, special counsel Robert Mueller, who is spearheading the federal probe into whether there was coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

And The New York Times reported that the special prosecutor handling the case under the Justice Department, Robert Mueller, has been aggressively subpoenaing all possible witnesses to speak to a grand jury.

Cohen was also in talks with Russian officials about building a Trump Tower in Moscow during the election cycle and said he discussed the project with Trump himself, contradicting Trump's previous statements about his business involvement with Russia. His interview had been expected to focus at least in part on a discussion to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow right as the presidential campaign was unfolding, a real estate deal he disclosed last month in a statement to congressional investigators. Two people familiar with the matter told Reuters that Trump was using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, released a joint statement saying they're "disappointed that Mr. Cohen made a decision to pre-empt today's interview".

His attorney, Stephen Ryan, said Cohen stands by the written statement he meant to deliver. Cohen largely ignored shouted questions, but told reporters, "I'll be back".

I emphatically state that I had nothing to do with any Russian involvement in our electoral process.

The dossier, a salacious 35-page document compiled by a retired British spy alleging that Mr. Trump and his campaign conspired with Russian Federation during the election, portrays Mr. Cohen as one of the effort's central figures.

The dossier, a salacious 35-page document compiled by a retired British spy alleging that Trump and his campaign conspired with Russian Federation during the election, portrays Cohen as one of the effort's central figures.

My name is mentioned more than a dozen times in the lie-filled-dossier and so within moments of BuzzFeed's publication, false allegations about me were plastered all over the national and global press. He turned over a trove of documents to investigators late last month in advance of the interview, as well as an eight-page letter rebutting point by point a dossier accusing him of having deep ties to Russian officials. "I was doing my job".

Cohen said that the Russian meddling issue has been politicized "to discredit our lawfully elected president" and shame his supporters. Many Trump supporting Americans are also paying this cost, like the twelve year old child in Missouri who was beaten up for wearing a Make America Great Again hat.

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