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Michael Cohen, the former lawyer and fixer for President Trump, will testify publicly to a House committee next Wednesday, the same day of the president's highly anticipated meeting in Vietnam with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. A spokesman for the office said Wednesday that prosecutors declined to comment.

"I am pleased to announce that Michael Cohen's public testimony before the Oversight Committee is back on, despite efforts by some to intimidate his family members and prevent him from appearing", House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said in a statement.

Jordan charged that Cohen was invited "just to satisfy Tom Steyer", - a billionaire Democrat who is funding a campaign to impeach Trump - "and other political forces on the left".

Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison after pleading guilty to lying to the Senate intelligence committee and campaign finance violations. Cohen is still expected to testify before three congressional committees. His new attorney, Michael Monico, told the judge in a letter that because of Cohen's recent surgery, he "needs to undergo intensive post-surgical physical therapy and be monitored by his physician for recovery".

A judge has agreed to postpone the start of Cohen's prison sentence by two months to May 6.

Cohen had originally been scheduled to testify on February 7 but his adviser Lanny Davis said he canceled because of threats against his family from Trump.

Cohen will testify at 10 a.m. on February 27, the committee's chairman, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), said in a statement.

Cohen acknowledged lying to the committee about his role in a Trump business proposal in Moscow.

"Despite @RealDonaldTrump attacks against his family, Mr. Cohen will not be deterred, will speak about his decade long experiences working for Mr. Trump, his own mistakes and decision to put family and country first", Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis tweeted after the rescheduled hearing was announced.

The Times reported earlier in the day that Trump had asked Whitaker whether Geoffrey Berman - the USA attorney in Manhattan and a Trump ally the president appointed to the position - could be put in charge of the investigation.