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Cohen postpones testimony for 3rd time in a month

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Donald Trump's former personal Michael Cohen, who was slated to appear before the on February 12, has once again postponed his testimony for the third time on Monday (local time).

quoted Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, as saying that the Congressional testimony of the former has been postponed as of now under medical grounds and has been rescheduled to February 28.

"The on Intelligence has accepted Mr. Cohen's request for postponement of tomorrow's hearing due to post-medical needs. A future date will be announced by the committee," Davis said in a statement.

The testimony comes amid reports that Cohen is slated to report to the prison on March 6. Cohen, sentenced for three years in prison, has pleaded guilty to multiple charges in December last year, including related to payments made to silence women during the 2016 presidential campaign on Trump's directives, according to the prosecutors.

Trump's former was initially slated to appear in an open hearing before the on February 7. However, Cohen announced last week that he will be postponing the testimony owing to "ongoing threats against his family" from Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and was supposed to testify behind closed doors before the Committee on February 8. But even the second date was rescheduled to February 12.

In January, a subpoena was issued to Cohen to appear before the in mid-February.

Last week, Adam Schiff, said that Cohen is being "fully cooperative" with the intelligence committee despite postponing the testimony for a number of times.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 04:22 IST