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Tue Sep 19, 2017, 01:13 PM

Senate panel calls for public hearing with Trump lawyer after closed-door meeting scrapped

Source: CNN

Senate panel calls for public hearing with Trump lawyer after closed-door meeting scrapped

By Gloria Borger, Brian Rokus and Marshall Cohen, CNN
Updated 12:37 PM ET, Tue September 19, 2017

(CNN) The leaders of the Senate intelligence committee said Tuesday they want President Donald Trump's personal attorney and longtime associate to testify in public after Michael Cohen released to the media his opening statement he planned to give at a closed door meeting.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, released a joint statement saying they're "disappointed that Mr. Cohen decided to pre-empt today's interview."

"As a result, we declined to move forward with today's interview and will reschedule Mr. Cohen's appearance before the Committee in open session at a date in the near future," the senators said. "The Committee expects witnesses in this investigation to work in good faith with the Senate."

After spending about 90 minutes in the intelligence committee's secure meeting room, Cohen and his lawyers told reporters the committee has postponed his testimony and he would return voluntarily at a later date. Cohen did not answer questions about why he was meeting with the committee staff for an hour if the meeting had been postponed.

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Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/politics/michael-cohen-senate-testimony-russia/index.html

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