Cohen Knows What Trump Is Capable Of. His Testimony Should Terrify Us

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01 March, 2019

They sounded angry, whipped off their glasses and threw paper down on their desks as they questioned President Donald Trump's former "fixer" about his misdeeds - all while conspicuously avoiding Cohen's contention that he did Trump's bidding, possibly in violation of the law, for decades.

At a news conference following the conclusion of a summit in Hanoi with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - which produced no agreement on denuclearization - Trump said Cohen "lied a lot" in the congressional hearing.

Trump insisted Cohen was just "one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately)".

Cohen says he isn't aware of direct evidence of co-ordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

Michael Cohen arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday for his final round of questions from lawmakers with a behind-closed doors session that will focus on Russian Federation - both the failed Trump Tower Moscow deal and the investigation into Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump has called an investigation into possible collusion between Moscow and his presidential campaign a "witch hunt".

The 52-year-old was convicted last year by NY federal prosecutors of campaign finance violations and tax evasion and by special counsel Robert Mueller of lying to Congress about Trump Organization plans in Moscow.

Asked Wednesday who else knew about Trump providing inflated assets to an insurance company, Cohen said, "Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari".

In his book, Let Me Finish, Mr Christie writes that Mr Trump "is a man who wakes up every morning with unparalleled self-confidence".

Representative Jim Jordan of OH, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said Wednesday evening that Democrats called Michael Cohen to testify before the panel in order to set the stage for President Trump's impeachment.

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Mr Cohen said for instance that Trump directed him past year to lie about hush payments made to a porn actress to silence her claims of an affair with Trump.

In a tweet, Trump suggested Cohen was testifying before Congress to reduce his prison sentence.

Sceptical and, at times, hostile Republicans noted repeatedly that Cohen has already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress.

"I do not", he said.

He suggested prosecutors in NY are investigating conversations that Trump or his advisers had with Cohen after Cohen's hotel-room office was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

At another point, as reporters were asking about Trump obtaining a medical deferment to avoid military service in Vietnam, Cohen said Trump told him, "You think I'm stupid?" Stone was indicted in January for obstruction, false statements and witness tampering, and he denies Cohen's allegations. While it's true that Cohen used these words, he also admitted that he lied in bank documents.

Cohen, shaking off incessant criticism from Republicans anxious to paint him as a felon and liar, became the first Trump insider to pull back the curtain on a version of the inner workings of Trump's political and business operations. Cohen testified that Manhattan federal prosecutors, for example, are probing other alleged crimes, with his help.

Mr Christie said Mr Trump was likely to be "fuming" over Mr Cohen's testimony. I have done bad things, but I am not a bad man.

Cohen displayed a copy of a $35,000 check written to him on Trump's account, signed by Trump and dated August 1, 2017, while Trump was president. When Cohen was in Trump's office, Roger Stone called.

His testimony shed new light on how he was reimbursed for paying $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, an adult film star who said she had sex with Trump. "I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore". Republicans were focused like a laser on showing that Cohen was untrustworthy, and thus the hearing was a colossal waste of time.


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