After surgery, Michael Cohen’s prison date postponed to May

Report: Trump Asked Whitaker to Appoint Ally Judge To Head SDNY Investigation On 2016 Hush Payments

They noted prosecutors did not object to the one-time extension.

An affidavit says Fry acknowledged releasing the information while working at the IRS office in San Francisco to attorney Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.

"I am pleased to announce that Michael Cohen's public testimony before the Oversight Committee is back on, despite efforts by some to intimidate his family members and prevent him from appearing", Cummings wrote in a statement Wednesday night.

Cohen was previously scheduled to enter prison on March 6 to serve his three-year sentence for campaign finance violations, lying to Congress and tax and bank fraud.

Cohen postponed his first date with the House Oversight committee, scheduled for February 7, citing threats from Trump and the president's attorney-spokesman Rudy Giuliani. Chairman Elijah Cummings said in a memo that Cohen would be questioned about issues related to Trump's business practices, presidential campaign and embattled charitable foundation, including any payments relating to efforts to influence the 2016 election. Cohen has agreed to cooperate with the Mueller probe.

He has already pleaded guilty to committing campaign finance crimes at Trump's direction, implicating the president himself in a crime, by arranging hush money payment ahead of the 2016 election for women who said they had affairs with Trump.

Cohen is to appear for a private hearing Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, his lawyer confirmed.

Trump reportedly called Matthew Whitaker shortly after he assumed his post late a year ago to ask whether a perceived loyalist could be put in charge of an investigation that included the president's role in silencing two women who alleged past affairs with him.

Trump went on to say he has "a lot of respect for Mr Whitaker", calling him a "very, very straight shooter" and praising his combative performance this month in a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee.

In response to Trump's tweet, Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger said in a statement that "there are mounting signs that [Trump's] incendiary rhetoric is encouraging threats and violence against journalists at home and overseas". "In addition, he will be able to prepare for the expected testimony next week before congressional committees, which he welcomes".

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