Michael Cohen Agrees to Talk to House Committee Feb. 8

Cohen has also shaken up his legal team ahead of his testimony

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President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has agreed to talk to the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Feb. 8.

That's according to California Rep. Adam Schiff, who says Cohen will be appearing voluntarily. The announcement comes after Cohen postponed a separate hearing with the House Oversight and Reform Committee, citing cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and threats against his family.

Schiff says Cohen relayed "legitimate concerns" about his and his family's safety. He says the committee will work with law enforcement to protect him.

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Cohen has also shaken up his legal team ahead of his testimony. On Monday it was announced that two attorneys from Chicago — former federal prosecutor Michael Monico and his partner Barry Spevack — will replace New York-based attorneys Guy Petrillo and Amy Lester in representing Cohen as he continues to cooperate with Mueller.

Cohen is scheduled to begin serving a three-year prison sentence in March for tax fraud and orchestrating hush-money payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. The president denies the claims.

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