Senate Investigators Abruptly Cancel Testimony By Michael Cohen After He Violates Media Gag Agreement

NBC News reports:

Senate investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election canceled an interview on Tuesday with longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen because they believe Cohen broke an agreement by speaking with the media. The committee will now subpoena Cohen, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News.

By mutual agreement, according to the source, neither lawmakers nor Cohen’s camp were to speak to reporters about the testimony. Committee staffers were upset when Cohen circulated a statement prior to the meeting that included a blanket denial of collusion with Russia.

Cohen, who served as executive vice president and special counsel at the Trump Organization and continues to serve as the president’s personal attorney, was scheduled to speak with professional staff of the committee in a private meeting. Cohen confirmed to NBC News this weekend that he would appear before the committee. This spring he had said he would only offer testimony if subpoenaed.