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Senate Panel Just Subpoenaed Trump’s Lawyer, Will Force Him To Testify About Russia Collusion In Public

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, several news outlets reported Tuesday.

Cohen was scheduled to testify behind closed doors, but Senate investigators abruptly canceled an interview after Cohen broke an agreement not to speak with the media about the closed hearing, NBC News reported.

Cohen and the Senate investigators reportedly had agreed that he would not discuss the sensitive interview with the media. But as the closed hearing started on Tuesday, Vanity Fair published some of his prepared testimony.

“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 hearing before giving the testimony. Now, a source told NBC News that the committee now plans to force him to testify in public.

The 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.

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