February 7 will be a red-letter day for President Donald Trump with news his former fixer Michael Cohen has agreed to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee that day about the work he did for the man he said he would take a bullet for.
It will be a public hearing, according to Dem Rep. Elijah Cummings, head of the committee formerly helmed by GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy.
“in furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers, I have accepted the invitation by Chairman Elijah Cummings to appear publicly on February 7th before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,” Cohen said in a statement.
“I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired,” Cohen added.
CNN pundit Van Jones translated: “When your homeboy starts snitching, you are in trouble.”
Word of Cohen’s date with the committee triggered talk of John Dean, Richard Nixon’s White House counselor, whose testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee did so much to convince Nixon to resign.
“I think it’ s healthy for the public understanding of what is going on,” Dean, now a contributor at CNN, said Thursday afternoon of Cohen’s Big Day Before Congress.
“Michael Cohen has deep and wide knowledge of President Trump and what happened during the campaign. So this is finally putting a face on somebody who can talk with authority about these events,” Dean said.
Asked if he expects Trump supporters, including Republicans in Congress, to attack Cohen’s testimony, as his own testimony had been dismissed as outrageous by Nixon supporters, Dean chuckled, “I was attacked not only by Nixon supporter and surrogates – I was attacked by Nixon in a number of his national addresses.”
“The tapes certainly resolved who was telling the truth,” Dean acknowledged of his situation decades earlier, referencing Nixon’s famous Watergate tapes that backed up Dean’s testimony.
“But I understand Michael Cohen has tapes as well,” Dean said, adding, “I’m sure Trump doesn’t know which ones he does and does not have, since it was Cohen doing the taping.”
Before that hearing, Cohen will meet, behind closed doors, with the House Intelligence Committee at which he will be asked questions relevant to Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian rannygazoo in the presidential election.
The public hearing is scheduled for a month before Cohen is set to report to prison, after pleading guilty to making campaign finance related payments to silence two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump years earlier.
Cohen also admitted to lying to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, acknowledging that effort went on later than he previously testified, into summer of 2016 when Trump was clearly the GOP candidate.