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July 16, 2019

Michael Cohen denies bailing on testimony to have ‘wild night,’ claims he can ‘be in pain and still have dinner’

February 13, 2019
Michael Cohen’s lawyer said the ex-Trump fixer can “be in pain and still have dinner” after Sen. Richard Burr criticized him for skipping congressional testimony. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

Michael Cohen cooked up a cringe-worthy explanation Tuesday for why he was spotted wining and dining at a ritzy Manhattan restaurant on the same day that he cancelled congressional testimony citing “post surgery medical needs.”

The prison-bound former personal fixer to President Trump was in “severe” pain and on heavy medication following surgery on his shoulder that rendered it “impossible” for him to appear as planned before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday morning, said his attorney, Lanny Davis.


But, responding to biting criticism from Intel Committee Chairman Richard Burr, Davis said the pain didn’t eliminate Cohen’s need to eat.

“We believe Senator Burr should appreciate that it is possible for Mr. Cohen to be in pain and still have dinner in a restaurant with his wife and friends,” Davis told the Daily News.

Davis’s pushback came after Burr (R-N.C.) said Cohen had “stiffed” lawmakers by cancelling the testimony in the 11th hour on Monday — only to be spotted having dinner with his wife at Midtown restaurant L’Avenue that very night.

Burr also charged Cohen had been seen having “a wild Saturday night eating out in New York with five buddies.”

“(Cohen) didn’t seem to have any physical limitations,” Burr told reporters.

Fashion reporter Christine Binkley, who was at L’Avenue the same night as Cohen, tweeted a photo of him and said the former Trump cleanup man “warmly hugged” friends and greeted acquaintances at other tables while on his way out following “a three hour dinner.”

Cohen, 52, has cancelled three recent appearances before congressional committees, citing medical needs and threats against his family from Trump and Rudy Giuliani.

But Burr didn’t buy Cohen’s excuses.

“I can assure you that any goodwill that might have existed in the committee with Michael Cohen is now gone,” Burr said.

Cohen — who continues to cooperate in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — is expected to start serving his three-year prison sentence on March 6.

The disgraced lawyer — who used to say he’d “take a bullet” for Trump — pleaded guilty to a laundry list of crimes last year, including campaign finance violations that directly implicated the President in illegal pre-2016 election payoffs to two women who say they had sex with him over a decade ago.

Burr wouldn’t rule out subpoenaing Cohen and pull him out of prison for testimony if need be.

“I’ve never gotten into who we have subpoenaed and who we haven’t subpoenaed,” Burr said, “but I think he clearly rises to one of the people that I would go to every length I could to make sure that we got his testimony.”

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