Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Criminal Conduct While in Office

Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Criminal Conduct While in Office

Kerry Wise
February 27, 2019

Cohen will also reportedly submit financial documents showing impropriety at the Trump Organization and provide details on his hush payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom have claimed to have had affairs with Trump.

Over the next three days Cohen will be testifying under oath to three different Congressional committees, with Wednesday being the day in which he does so in public, on live television. Trump supporters are expected to point to the aforementioned conviction for lying to Congress as evidence that his testimony should not be taken seriously.

Cohen is due to begin serving a three-year prison sentence on March 6 over an array of financial crimes and after he pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress about various aspects of the Trump Tower Moscow deal when he testified before the House Intelligence Committee in 2017. He is scheduled to meet Tuesday with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Dean, who blew the whistle on White House misdeeds to the Senate Watergate Committee and served time in prison, wrote a best-selling memoir called "Blind Ambition".

Cohen testified behind closed doors before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, and he'll testify behind closed doors again on Thursday, before the House Intelligence Committee. Cohen's testimony will be live-streamed on C-SPAN and is expected to be broadcast live on cable news channels starting around 10 a.m. ET.

But most likely, that evidence won't be provided because the congressional testimony is "not a legal hearing", said Napolitano.

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Cohen's testimony is among the most anticipated since the House and Senate started investigating the Trump campaign's Russian Federation ties two years ago.

Cohen has said Trump directed him to make hush-money payments to two women who said they had sexual relationships with Trump, in violation of campaign finance laws before the 2016 election.

"It's unfortunate Democrats are wasting the public's time with this established liar in an effort to distract from the historic progress President Trump is making overseas with North Korea", McDaniel told Fox News.

Cohen once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump, but he has since turned against his former boss.

The Oversight committee plans to examine Trump's compliance with tax and campaign-finance laws, his potential conflicts of interest, and any payments made to influence the 2016 election, according to a memo from committee chair Elijah Cummings.

The House intelligence committee chairman, Adam Schiff, postponed Cohen's appearance before that committee, saying it was "in the interests of the investigation", with no additional details.