Michael Cohen to accuse Trump of racism and criminal conduct

Wednesday, 27 Feb, 2019

Michael Cohen, long-time lawyer and aide to Donald Trump, is set to deliver explosive testimony to Congress and could detail how Trump broke the law while in office, according to United States media reports.

Ahead of the hearings, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Cohen a "disgraced felon", saying it was "laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word".

It will be the first of three much-awaited appearances on Capitol Hill this week - only one of them public - for Cohen, who has already been convicted for illegally arranging hush payments to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. His Wednesday testimony to the House Oversight Committee will be public.

Michael Cohen was officially disbarred on Tuesday while he was in Washington giving closed-door testimony to the Senate intelligence committee.

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer, starts three days of appearances before Congress on Tuesday.

Regarding the payment to Daniels, Cohen is expected to say that it was at Trump's instigation. He says no topics will be off limits and that Cohen "should expect to get any question from anywhere about anything".

Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet" for the president, reversed himself previous year amid mounting pressure from prosecutors looking into his, and Trump's, affairs.

On 29 November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress by telling lawmakers in 2017 that all efforts relating to the Moscow project had ceased by January 2016.

Like Dean with Nixon, Cohen, 52, has the painful experience of working directly for Trump to squelch dissent, undermine opponents and, according to prosecutors, violate the law.

In an interview with Fox News, RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel accused Democrats of bringing Cohen to Congress "in an effort to distract from the historic progress President Trump is making overseas with North Korea".

But by far the most highly anticipated is Cohen's scheduled testimony before the House Oversight Committee, which is slated to take place Wednesday in a public setting. Cohen also intends to reveal information about Trump's financial statements, an anonymous source told the network. He plans to tell lawmakers Trump asked him about it 'several times.' ADVERTISING He further plans to talk about Trump's 'lies, racism and cheating as a private businessman, ' according to the account.

Cohen's week of interviews come as House Democrats launch multiple investigations into Trump's ties to Russian Federation and conflict-of-interest issues within the administration.

Trump's former attorney is referring to the hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal just before the presidential election.

Trump blamed Cohen for mishandling the payments.