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The Latest: Trump lawyer Cohen reschedules public testimony

February 21, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Michael Cohen’s prison date (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has rescheduled his public testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Cohen will testify before the committee Feb. 27, a day before he talks to the House intelligence committee behind closed doors.

Trump’s former fixer was scheduled to testify before the Oversight panel earlier this month, but postponed citing threats to his family from Trump and Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and lying to Congress and will start a prison sentence in May. In a memo, House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings outlined the scope of the hearing and said Cohen will answer questions about the campaign finance violations, Trump’s business practices and other issues unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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1:10 p.m.

A judge has agreed to postpone the start of ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s prison sentence by two months to May 6.

New York Judge William Pauley signed off on the delay Wednesday after Cohen’s lawyers said he needed more time to recover from shoulder surgery. They noted prosecutors did not object to the one-time extension.

Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, is also preparing to testify before three Congressional committees this month.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to lying to the Senate intelligence committee and campaign finance violations.

Cohen acknowledged lying about his role in a Trump business proposal in Moscow and paying two women who alleged affairs with Trump.

Cohen was originally scheduled to report to prison March 6.