By Miriam Raftery
View video of Cohen’s complete testimony: https://www.c-span.org/video/?458125-1/michael-cohen-president-trump-he-racist-con-man-cheat
View highlights: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4782554/trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-apologizes-lying
February 28, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump’s long-time personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, called his former boss a “liar”, a” conman” and a “racist” during several hours of testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee this week. Cohen testified that Trump knew in advance that Wikileaks planned to release stolen Democratic Committee emails. He also told committee members that Trump directed him to violate the law—and Cohen provided a check signed by Trump after he became president for “hush money” paid to cover up an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.
Republicans grilling Cohen sought to discredit him, since he previously lied to Congress and since his cooperation with federal prosecutors could result in a reduction of his three-year prison sentence. However Cohen also handed over documents to the committee, including extensive financial records that Cohen suggested implicate Trump and Trump’s family members in financial crimes.
Democrats on the committee probed Cohen’s knowledge of other potential witnesses to the alleged criminal activities, also laying the groundwork to subpoena the President’s tax records. Cohen has apologized and voiced remorse for lying and covering up illegal activities on behalf of Trump.