Michael Cohen: the long face of the lawyer

Michael Cohen: the long face of the lawyer

Michael Cohen: the long face of the lawyer

Following his aborted summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump told reporters Thursday in Vietnam that Cohen " lied a lot" in his depiction of the president as a racist and con artist and assailed House Democrats for holding the hearing as he was overseas.

Trump, speaking at a news conference in Vietnam after failing to achieve a peace deal with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, called the blockbuster hearing back in Washington fake and said it should not have been scheduled during his trip. Cohen also said that he is aware of other wrongdoing by Trump that is under investigation by the SDNY.

The president complained that Mr Cohen's testimony took place during the summit with Kim.

Trump insisted that Cohen's testimony Wednesday had provided no evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian Federation in the 2016 United States election.

Cohen told lawmakers Trump knew his campaign adviser, Roger Stone, was in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about Russian-hacked Democratic National Committee emails damaging to his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton before WikiLeaks released them to the public. Cohen himself pleaded guilty in August 2018 to violating campaign-finance laws related to his role in these payments. "And", Cohen testified, "he told me that Black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid".

Cohen spent almost six hours telling the House committee about his decade as Trump's personal attorney.

President Donald Trump sought to discredit his former lawyer Michael Cohen Thursday after the ex-aide's bombshell congressional testimony in which he essentially called Trump a criminal.

Michael Cohen giving testimony to the US House Oversight and Reform Committee.

"Paying someone off for your wife not to find out is not a crime, and I'm sure that's what the President's going to say was his motivation", Mr Christie said.

Perhaps most importantly, Cohen revealed that prosecutors in NY are investigating conversations that Trump or his advisers had with Cohen after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his hotel room and office in April 2018.

"He would look me in the eye and tell me there's no business in Russian Federation and then go out and lie to the American people by saying the same thing", Cohen said.

Asked if Trump knew the details, Cohen said: "Oh, he knew about everything, yes". If Cohen lied during his earlier testimony, it's reasonable to believe that he told the truth today in saying that he is no longer protecting Trump.

"You've claimed that you've lied but you're not a liar", said Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga.

Naturally, Cohen includes a public apology to his family for his crimes (last December, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes and lying to Congress). Cohen showed the committee a copy of a check dated August 2017 from Trump's personal bank account and signed by the President. It was one of several moments during the hearing where Cohen's old bravado as Trump's fixer was seemingly gone. "What I do think was going on today is that this was the first step in the Democrats' insane impeachment plans", Jordan said during an appearance on Fox News's "Special Report".

Cohen's claims that Trump had advance knowledge of the emails contradict the president's assertions that he was in the dark, and it is not clear how legally problematic that could be for Trump anyway.

He said Trump did not ask him directly to lie to Congress, specifying that's not the president's style.

Cohen is the highest profile witness since the 1970s Watergate scandal to testify in Congress against a sitting American president. "I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore".

Patton, who serves as an official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, did not speak at the hearing but had a statement entered on record.

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