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Senate Intel Reportedly Subpoenas Michael Cohen

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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has subpoenaed former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to testify before the panel in February, CNN is reporting.

The subpoena comes a day after Cohen announced he was postponing his testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which was scheduled for Feb. 7.

Cohen said in a statement issued through his adviser, Lanny Davis, that he was postponing testimony because of his ongoing cooperation with federal prosecutors, including special counsel Robert Mueller, as well as because of what he claims were “ongoing threats” from President Donald Trump. (RELATED: Michael Cohen Postpones Congressional Testimony, Citing ‘Ongoing Threats’ From Trump)

Trump has made reference to Cohen’s father-in-law in a series of tweets and public comments.

CNN’s report did not say whether Cohen is being asked to testify publicly or behind closed doors. The committee, which is chaired by North Carolina Republican Richard Burr, has not conducted any hearings with witnesses in the Russia probe in a public setting.

US President Donald Trumps former attorney Michael Cohen leaves US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018 after his sentencing after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress. - US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen delivered a blistering attack on his former boss as he was sentenced to three years in prison on December 12, 2018 for multiple crimes. "It was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds," Cohen said as he pleaded for leniency before US District Judge William H. Pauley III.Cohen, 52, said he was taking responsiblity for his crimes "including those implicating the President of the United States of America." (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Donald Trumps former attorney Michael Cohen leaves US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cohen pleaded guilty on Nov. 29 to providing false testimony to Congress, including the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He admitted to lying to the Senate panel and its counterpart in the House, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, about the extent of his efforts during the 2016 campaign to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen testified that negotiations ended in January 2016, before the Republican primary season began. But Cohen continued discussions to build the skyscraper through June 2016.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Dec. 12. In addition to his guilty plea for lying to Congress, Cohen also pleaded guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud, and making illegal campaign contributions.

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