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Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen postpones appearance at Senate Intelligence panel for medical reasons

CNBC logo CNBC 2/11/2019 Dan Mangan

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Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump, has postponed his planned appearance Tuesday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence because of "post-surgery medical needs," his attorney said Monday.

Cohen's legal adviser, Lanny Davis, said in a statement that the committee accepted Cohen's request for a delay.

"A future date will be announced by the Committee," said Davis, whose client had been subpoenaed for his appearance.

Cohen, 52, recently had shoulder surgery. He is due to being a three-year prison sentence on March 6 for lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and financial crimes.

Cohen is due to testify at the House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 28. That House appearance was originally scheduled for last Friday, but committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Cohen's closed-door testimony would be delayed "in the interests of the investigation."

Cohen originally had been scheduled to testify publicly last Friday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

But Cohen on Jan. 23 postponed that appearance indefinitely because of concerns about his family's safety, Davis said at that time.

A day after that postponement was announced, U.S. Marshals served a subpoena on Cohen to appear at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for this Tuesday.

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