Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Michael Cohen to accuse Trump of racism and criminal conduct

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Leonard Rios | 27 February, 2019, 02:24

Michael Cohen is gearing up to testify before Congress on Wednesday regarding his relationship with President Donald Trump.

"Sadly, he will go before Congress this week and we can expect more of the same", she added.

Cohen's highly-anticipated testimony before the House committee comes after he postponed his initial appearance due to "threats" to his family by Trump and the president's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

Many are now comparing Cohen's big moment to the 1973 House testimony of John Dean against former President Richard Nixon, who resigned about a year later.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, plans to accuse Trump of engaging in criminal conduct while in office, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning. Cohen paid Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in October 2016 during the final days of the presidential race. Lawmakers also are expected to ask Cohen, who was closely involved in Trump's financial affairs, whether any foreign actors - Russian or otherwise - may have leverage over the president, his children and close associates, or their business interests. Cohen, scheduled to report to prison in May, has already said he briefed Trump on the project in June 2016.

Wednesday's hearing will happen at roughly the same time Trump is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to describe Cohen's expected testimony.

The news comes as Cohen is now in Washington, D.C. for three hearings before Congressional committees.

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The sessions on Tuesday and Thursday will be held behind closed doors, but the public will hear from Cohen on Wednesday, when he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

In response to details of Cohen's testimony, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday, "It's laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies".

Republicans have been blasting away at Cohen's credibility, offering reminders that he pleaded guilty a year ago to lying to Congress.

In a key aspect of his case - the illegal use of campaign funds for hush payments ahead of the 2016 election - Cohen told prosecutors that he was ordered to do so by Trump himself, directly implicating the president in a crime.

Cohen is scheduled to begin serving a three-year sentence on May 6 for crimes including campaign finance violations stemming from the hush money payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

The development follows Cohen's conviction on nine charges, including campaign finance violations and making false statements to members of Congress, according to court documents.

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