President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is now an individual of interest included in the congressional probe regarding Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
According to ABC News, Cohen claimed House and Senate investigators asked him to “provide information and testimony” about any interactions he had with those tied to the Russian government. However, Cohen declined the request.
“I declined the invitation to participate as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered,” Cohen said in an email on Tuesday.
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So far, four people associated with the Trump campaign have been asked by congressional investigators for records related to contacts they’ve had with Russian officials.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump’s informal adviser Roger Stone and former foreign policy adviser Carter Page handed over records for congressional investigators.
Former national security adviser Mike Flynn cited his Fifth Amendment rights and declined to hand over any records despite being subpoenaed.
After Cohen declined to provide congressional investigators with information, the Senate Select Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to grant authority to Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., to issue subpoenas.
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