Michael Cohen, Live and In Color
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s long time lawyer, confidant, and “fixer” will be testifying publicly before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday, the second, and only public, of three days of testimony before congress.
Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen is prepared to testify that Trump was aware of longtime adviser Roger Stone’s efforts to reach out to WikiLeaks in advance of its release of damaging information about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to a copy of his public testimony submitted to Congress and obtained by CNN.
In a stunning 20-page statement provided Tuesday night to lawmakers, Cohen details a wide range of allegations against Trump — from making racist comments about African-Americans to participating during his presidency in an illegal hush-money scheme to keep his alleged extramarital affairs quiet — as well as suggesting Trump faked a medical condition to get out of serving in the Vietnam War.
And Cohen will provide new details saying Trump was engaged in an aggressive pursuit of a major project in Russia in 2016, alleging the
President’s attorneys edited Cohen’s 2017 testimony when he lied to Congress, downplaying the efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
He says Trump never directly ordered him to lie to Congress but he believed he was carrying out an order given his interactions with Trump, who was making public statements about not having any business dealings with Russia.
In short, Cohen calls Trump a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat.”
The “shocking” part, along with almost all the information Cohen will testify about today, is subjective since almost all of what he is detailing has been readily available for some time. But this type of hearing isn’t really fact finding anyway, being as much public spectacle and political theater as it is a procedural function. But since American politics is predominately a spectator sport, as spectacles go this will be spectacular. A spectacular what, though, remains to be seen.
You can read the prepared transcript of Michael Cohen’s opening statement here:
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