He was interviewed behind closed doors by both the Senate and House intelligence committees last week and was due for another private, daylong meeting with the House intelligence panel on Wednesday. House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings signaled after Cohen's public testimony that he wanted to interview Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, among others.
Cohen, who is now slated to begin his prison term May 6, is back on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for his fourth appearance in the last eight days, concluding his closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that began last week.
The president's attorneys were noncommittal during the conversation with Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, the people said.
There are a host of topics that lawmakers are interested in hearing from Cohen about, including his public testimony about overhearing a conversation between Trump and longtime confidante Roger Stone involving a WikiLeaks' email dump, presidential pardons, and Cohen's public testimony that the Southern District of NY could be investigating his conversations with Trump.
Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said in a statement that Cohen has now spent 16 hours testifying before the intelligence committee. Schiff would not comment on the substance of the interview but said it helped "to shed light on a lot of issues that are very core to our investigation".
Cohen shared documents with lawmakers showing edits made to written testimony he provided to Congress in 2017, saying that an unsuccessful plan by Trump to build a tower in Moscow ended in January 2016, a congressional source said, confirming reports by CNN and the New York Times. Trump has denied collusion and obstruction, Russian Federation has denied election interference. It is one of several probes Democrats have launched in recent weeks as they delve deeper into Trump's political and personal dealings. He has provided additional documents to the committee.
Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the duration of negotiations over a Trump real estate project in Moscow.
In his public testimony last week, Cohen accused Trump of directing him to make hush-money payments to women alleging affairs, and then displayed a reimbursement check he was paid with Trump's signature. The sources added that Trump's representatives maintain that Cohen's team first raised the issue of receiving a pardon while the former lawyer's representatives have said the opposite. Cohen told a judge that he agreed to cover up Trump's "dirty deeds" out of "blind loyalty".
Last Thursday, House Oversight Committee Republicans on Thursday referred Cohen to the Justice Department for alleged perjury, claiming he lied during sworn testimony before the panel that week about a number of issues, including his ambitions to work in the Trump administration. He said the president arranged to reimburse Cohen, and Cohen took to the hearing a check that he said was proof of the transaction.