UPDATE: Statement by Stephen M. Ryan on behalf of Michael D. Cohen
Mr. Cohen has accepted the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence invitation to appear on October 25, 2017.
The following is a paraphrased version of Mr. Ryan's statement, which was communicated live immediately following Mr. Cohen's appearance on September 19, 2017:
Mr. Cohen appeared voluntarily for an interview with the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. Mr. Cohen looked forward to answering all their questions.
Last week, the fact that Mr. Cohen was appearing for an interview was leaked to the press. We do not know who did this, and we did not. Accordingly, we provided a copy of the short opening statement Mr. Cohen intended to present today to the media. That statement was factual, accurate and respectful, and consistent with the information we had previously provided to the Committee. We stand by the statement.
The Committee has chosen to postpone today’s voluntary interview and reschedule it for a later day. Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate and will come back when the Committee is ready.