Meadows then said he has spoken to Trump over 300 times and has not heard the president make any racist comments before in private.
He said he feared that if Mr Trump loses the the election in 2020 "there will never be a peaceful transition of power".
Michael Cohen before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. It was evidently of Mr. Trump and a woman, presumably Mrs. Trump?
In a damning depiction of Donald Trump, the president's former lawyer on Wednesday cast him as a racist and a con man who used his inner circle to cover up politically damaging allegations about sex, and who lied throughout the 2016 election campaign about his business interests in Russian Federation.
"I think there are still a number of other shoes to drop", Cummings told reporters after the hearing. "That's not how he operates".
"He wanted me to lie", the witness added.
"The goal was to stay on message, which is limit the relationship, whatsoever, with Russia", Cohen testified.
Trump criticized the timing of the hearing saying it should not have been happened while he was on an important trip.
In an earlier post on Facebook, Patton said she was sad that Cohen would "levy unsubstantiated claims-particularly those of bigotry and racism". "In fairness, no one questions it now".
Cohen, whom Trump now calls a "rat" just to underscore the ample Mafia comparisons, is not a sympathetic character. "I did not want to go to the White House".
In his opening testimony, Cohen said, "questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russian Federation".
Cohen also said some things in Trump's favor. Mr. Trump put Mr.
The messages - which United States authorities say were hacked by Russian intelligence - caused a damaging rift among Democrats by exposing how party officials preferred Mrs Clinton over her challenger for the presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders. He described Trump inflating and deflating his assets as it suited his financial interests. Trump didn't directly threaten those he sought to intimidate, Cohen testified. In May, he is scheduled to begin serving a three-year prison sentence, the culmination of his dramatic fall from Trump intimate to outcast and felon. It's not clear how much Cohen would know about the paper trail at Trump's business. That's mobster-like behavior.
Sekulow, counsel to the president, said in a statement, "Today's testimony by Michael Cohen that attorneys for the president edited or changed his statement to Congress to alter the duration of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations is completely false". "He asked me to pay off an adult film star with whom he had an affair, and to lie to his wife about it, which I did". Trump was telling Cohen to obstruct justice.
More than seven hours later, his eyes exhausted and face drawn, Cohen issued a last warning "to those who support the President and his rhetoric as I once did". Cohen said the check was "pursuant to the cover-up, which was the basis of my guilty plea".
Cohen says Weisselberg decided that reimbursements to Cohen should be spread out over 12 months to "hide what the payment was".
The appearance marked the latest step in Cohen's evolution from legal fixer for the president - he once boasted he'd "take a bullet" for Trump - to a foe who has implicated him in federal campaign finance violations.
Cohen also characterized Trump as a co-conspirator to violate federal election law. And also, that Don Jr. would never set up any meeting of any significance alone - and certainly not without checking with his father. I was impressed with the fact, ' Trump said.
All co-conspirators are legally responsible for the acts of the other co-conspirators, even if they didn't directly participate in those acts or are unaware of the details of the conspiracy. Cohen showed the committee a copy of a check dated August 2017 from Trump's personal bank account and signed by the President.
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.
"I don't think colleagues on the other side of the aisle are afraid that you're going to lie", Lynch told Cohen. Without public testimony, it was possible for Republican party leaders to maintain that a defense of Trump was principled conservatism.
"They could've made it two days later or next week".
But Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) charged that GOP committee members were angry because Cohen "stopped lying to Congress for the president".
"It's for exactly that reason that I spent the last week searching boxes in order to find the information that I did so that you don't have to take my word for it".
As someone who considered #MichaelCohen one of my very best friends for the past 10+ years - virtually inseparable... When asked about that person publicly, Cohen said he believed it was the president's son. "He speaks in a code, and I understand the code because I've been around him for a decade". "He never expected to win the general election", Cohen said. He knows better than anyone what Trump is capable of.
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