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Michael Cohen, personal attorney for President Donald Trump, talks to reporters as he departs after meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee staff on Tuesday.

Michael Cohen, a longtime attorney for the Trump Organization, forcefully denied unverified allegations contained in a dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer about President Donald Trump’s activities and connections in Russia.

His comments, made in a statement prepared for an appearance in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, sparked an immediate backlash as committee leaders said they would reschedule Cohen’s interview in an open session “in the near future.”

“We were disappointed that Mr. Cohen decided to pre-empt today’s interview by releasing a public statement prior to his engagement with Committee staff, in spite of the Committee’s requests that he refrain from public comment,” the committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.), and vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.), said in a statement. “The Committee expects witnesses in this investigation to work in good faith with the Senate.”

In Cohen’s statement, he says his “reputation was damaged” by the dossier, which senior intelligence officials summarized in an addendum to a classified briefing Trump received in January about Russian efforts to influence the U.S. presidential campaign.

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