Michael Cohen, President Trump's onetime personal attorney, is set to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 7, nearly exactly one month before he must report to prison to begin serving time for campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress about Trump's past business dealings in Russian Federation.
The campaign finance violations, which implicated the president in felony crimes, were for the hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and Karen McDougal over alleged extra-marital affairs Trump had years prior.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan launched an investigation into Cohen previous year, and raided his offices after a tip from Mueller's office, which has been investigating the Trump campaign, focusing on potential collusion with Russian nationals during the 2016 presidential election.
Michael Cohen wil testify to Congress on February 7.
"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 said in a statement.
Given Cohen's prolonged time spent in proximity to Trump, his family and the Trump Organization, some insiders consider his cooperation with authorities to be one of most serious potential legal threats to confront the president.
When asked by a reporter about Cohen's upcoming testimony during his visit to the southern border on Thursday, Trump said he isn't concerned.
Mueller's sentencing memo for Cohen said Cohen provided 70 hours of official testimony on a variety of subjects, including the Trump Tower deal, the Trump campaign's communications with Russia-linked individuals, and the "circumstances" of preparing his false congressional testimony.
The president has assailed the various investigations, while Russian Federation has denied trying to interfere in the 2016 election for the purposes of sowing discord and improving Trump's prospects.
Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani described Cohen to Fox News as "a thoroughly discredited liar", and said he could not imagine why Cummings would want to hear from Cohen. He said he's speaking with Mueller's office to prevent that.
The committee, then under the leadership of South Carolina Rep.
President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will testify publicly before Congress next month.
But because he pleaded guilty he was never cross-examined on details of his dealings with Mr Trump.
The newly installed chairmen of at least two other panels, the Judiciary and Intelligence committees, have said they want to speak with Cohen about his work on behalf of Trump.
Mueller's team in court filings wrote that Cohen provided "useful information concerning certain discrete Russia-related matters core to its investigation".
It was unclear if Cohen's agreement to testify before the Oversight Committee will preclude appearances, in public or private, before other House panels.
The president, "knows the truth", Cohen said.
"Last November, the American people voted overwhelmingly for Congress to do two things - address the core issues that affect their daily lives, and fulfill our Constitutional responsibility to serve as an independent check and balance on the executive branch by restoring accountability and transparency", Mr Cummings said in a statement.