President Donald Trump’s lifelong attorney Michael Cohen is scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, as special counsel Robert Mueller and prosecutors in both the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York weigh potentially criminal charges against the president’s longtime fixer.
As of Wednesday morning, Cohen had reportedly agreed to cooperate with Mueller and prosecutors. If Cohen meets those terms, he would potentially walk away without charges and could be granted immunity from prosecution.
When Cohen appears before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday, lawmakers may be hoping to find out more about what he knows about Trump’s involvement in the hush money payments he made for the president’s Playboy Playmate ex-girlfriend to buy her silence and make public statements they were consenting to. Cohen is expected to face questions regarding Cohen’s claims that he heard a tape discussing a possible deal for payments to protect the confidentiality of the President’s porn star ex-girlfriend and a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal.
Trump has denied knowing anything about Cohen’s payoffs.