U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has postponed his Feb. 7 public testimony before Congress because of “ongoing threats against his family from President Trump,” Cohen’s lawyer said Wednesday.
“This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first,” said Cohen attorney Lanny Davis.
Davis said the delay was also due to his client’s continued cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Cohen was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee, a Democratic-led panel that is investigating financial payments that were made during the campaign to buy the silence of women who claimed to have had sex with Trump. Trump has denied having extramarital affairs.
Prosecutors maintain Trump directed Cohen to make the payments to avoid any potential scandals while Trump was seeking the presidency.
Cohen previously pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his role in a Trump business proposal to build a large tower development in Moscow during the presidential campaign.