The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, Richard Burr, said Tuesday that “any goodwill” between his committee and the President’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is gone.
“I can assure you that any goodwill that might have existed in the committee with Michael Cohen is now gone,” the North Carolina Republican told reporters.
Cohen missed another scheduled hearing Tuesday due to “post-surgery medical needs” only weeks before he is to begin serving a three-year prison sentence.
Burr again said that his committee had “no factual evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia,” but that he wanted to interview Cohen before he goes to prison.
“I would prefer to get him before he goes to prison, but you know, the way he’s positioning himself, not coming (to) the committee, we may help him go to prison,” Burr said, according to CNN.
Trump’s former lawyer was to appear before Congress three times this month but has postponed all appearances. His lawyer Lanny Davis cited medical issues as the reason for the latest postponement. Barr did not accept the excuse, indicating to a tweet circulated over the weekend saying that Cohen had a three-hour dinner with friends on Saturday.
“He’s already stiffed us on being in Washington today because of an illness. Yet on Twitter, a reporter reported he was having a wild night Saturday night eating out in New York with five buddies, didn’t seem to have any physical limitations. And he was out with his wife last night,” Burr noted.
Davis dismissed the comments, claiming that Cohen had undergone shoulder surgery and still deals with pain from it.
“Mr. Cohen was expected to and continues to suffer from severe post shoulder surgery pain, as confirmed by a letter from his surgeon, which was sent to Senator Burr and Senator (Mark) Warner,” Davis said, adding that his client couldn’t testify as a result of the medication he was taking.