Michael Cohen, President Trump, Aaron Katersky discussed on WBZ Afternoon News

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President Trump's former. Personal lawyer Michael Cohen has postponed his February seventh congressional testimony ABC's Aaron Katersky joins us now. And Aaron what exactly happened to me Cohen shy away from testifying to congress attorney says that he is not going to testify on February seventh because of what the attorney called threats to his family from President Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani. The threats include verbal attacks that began after Cohen decided to plead guilty and cooperate with the feds. Those attacks also included a suggestion by the president and and Giuliani to investigate Michael Collins father-in-law, it's not clear that Cohen is able to decide by himself that he's not gonna show up the still an option that the democratic chairman could subpoena him, and what was Cohen expected to discuss at least in the house oversight and government reform committee. They wanted to ask about campaign finance violations. Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance. Law when he was involved with payments to women who had alleged affairs with Donald Trump. Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal and in pleading guilty Cohen implicated, the president in that grime Aaron thank you very much. That's ABC's. Aaron katersky. Joining us this afternoon on WBZ as the shutdown continues. Hundreds of federal employees protested in the Senate Hart office building today began this morning with thirty three minutes of silence noting each day of the partial shutdown. Meantime, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, urged colleagues to support house passed legislation that would reopen the government for three weeks while talks continue on border security. If you're worried about hundreds of thousands of federal employees going without pay. If you're worried about the impact of the shutdown on our economy or a basic security as law enforcement and border patrol in food safety are not paid. If you're worried about our national security, and if you're looking for a way to open up the government. This is the way, but for the fourth time Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked, the Senate from voting on a house passed Bill that would have reopened the government. Senator McConnell has also condemned what he calls a tax against a group of Catholic boys from Covington Kentucky after the first appeared to be caught on video taunting a native American man in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Senator comment on the impact on those involved. Because of what some Holly partner from observers thought thought they saw in a few seconds of confusing. Video these kids their school and their families were met with a deluge virtual deluge, a partisan vitriol and hatred from people who never met them and had no idea what had taken place. Those videos have since been disputed, parents educators and hundreds of public charter and private school students scattered outside the state capital in Austin Texas today to push for funding..

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