closevideo what can we expect from Michael Cohen testimony on Capitol Hill?
Michael Cohen testified behind closed doors before the Senate Intelligence Committee; Catherine Herridge explained.
To know, In his testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee Wednesday, Michael Cohen accused his former client, the President, the Trump, that to achieve his adviser, Roger stone, to Wikileaks over the publication of stolen Democratic National Committee E-Mails.
But Cohen is, in particular, assert that he was given no direct evidence of illegal collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia — a significant admission, Cohen’s longtime status as the President of the former top lawyer and fixer.
“Questions have been raised whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign in cooperation with Russia,” Cohen, to testify. “I don’t know. I want to be clear. But, I have my suspicions.”
According to his prepared remarks, the first, the secret is achieved through Politically, Cohen is scheduled in order to reduce the outlines of a number of other alleged misdeeds by Trumpf, including lying about its balance sheet total, his taxes, and even tried to strongarm academic officials in his attitude was.
In perhaps the most important parts of his opening statement, Cohen Congress know that Trump “was a presidential candidate who knew that Roger stone was in conversation with Julian Assange about WikiLeaks drops of the Democratic National Committee E-Mails.”
Stone, who has denied any wrongdoing, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of obstruction, false statements and witnesses, the Manipulation as a part of the Special Counsel, to Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible Russian agreements of the trump campaign.
Separately, Cohen, Trump calls a “racist”, an “impostor” and “imposter”, based all, he will say, “documents the irrefutable.”
“I give to the Committee today three years of the President Trump the financial statements, from 2011-2013, he gave to the Deutsche Bank to inquire about to buy you a loan, the Buffalo Bills and Forbes,” say Cohen. “It was my experience that Mr. Trump puffed up his entire fortune if it served his purposes, such as trying to be listed among the richest people in Forbes, and is vented to reduce his assets, his property taxes.”
Later, Cohen adds: “Mr. Trump directed me straw-bidder auctions to purchase a portrait of him, which was a kind of a Hamptons Event. The goal was to ensure that his portrait, which was going to be auctioned last, would you go for the highest price for a portrait, this afternoon. The portrait was bought by the fake bidder for $60,000. Mr Trump addressed, the Trump Foundation, which is supposedly to be a non-profit organization, to repay the fake bidder, in spite of keep the art for themselves.”
Cohen also claims he is “copies of letters I wrote to Mr. Trump’s direction, threatened his high school, colleges and the College Board, the not for the publication of his grades or SAT scores.”
The former trump-fixer is also what he calls the evidence for his previous claims, Trump organized the hush-money payments to two women who claimed Affairs with trump.
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“He asked me to pay off a adult film star, with whom he was having an affair, and lying to his wife about it, I did it,” Cohen, to testify. “Lie to the First lady is one of my biggest regrets. She is a kind, good person. I respect you very much and you didn’t deserve that. I give the Committee today a copy of the $ 130,000 transfer from me to Mrs Clifford’s lawyer, in the last days of the campaign for the presidential elections, called for Mrs Clifford to maintain her silence about her affair with Mr. Trump.
“I am providing a copy of a height of 35,000$, check that President Trump personally signed by his / her personal bank 14 account on 1. August 2017 – if he report to the President of the United States – according to the cover-up, which is the basis for my guilty, to me – the word of Mr. Trump’s TV lawyer — I paid for the illegal hush money in his name,” Cohen continued. “This is a $35,000 check was one of 11 check installments paid throughout the year – while he was President.”
In addition, lying to Congress, Cohen pleaded guilty last year to campaign Finance violations because of his involvement in the hush-money payments. Prosecutors in New York have said Trump directed Cohen to buy, arrange the payments, the silence of the adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in the run-up to the 2016 campaign. Cohen, a judge said that he agreed, to cover up, Trump’s “dirty deeds” out of “blind loyalty.”
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Meanwhile, in a social media post notice proposed on the eve of the hearing, a top Republican, that lurid details of Cohen’s put their own life in the center.
The blockbuster public testimony threatened, you may be led to say overshadow, Trump summit in Vietnam with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, some observers, the timing was more than coincidental. The testimony comes as a Cohen is, begins a three-year prison sentence in may, he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and commit to Fund campaign violations during the working time at the trump.
Tuesday was the first planned of three consecutive days of Convention appearances, for Cohen. After the public hearing on Wednesday, he appears in front of the House intelligence panel Thursday to speak in private.
Cohen public testimony is likely to be a spectacle, in part because of the allegations, which he plans to level against the President. He’ll give lawmakers a behind-the-scenes report of what he claim to trump lies, racism, and fraud, and possibly even criminal behavior, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. He is expected to discuss what he claims is proof, in the form of documents, said the person, who requested anonymity, the confidential testimony.
The Republicans are expected to try to aggressively Cohen, to discredit, since he has recognized, previously. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that it was “ridiculous that someone would see a convicted liar like Cohen in his word, and pathetic, given to him, a further opportunity for the dissemination of his lies.”
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It seemed unlikely that Cohen would be located directly imply the trump card in the direction of his subordinates. Buzzfeed News last month released a bomb, discredited the report, citing two law enforcement officials, said Cohen, is recognized to Müller ‘ s office, that Trump told him to lie to Congress about a possible real estate deal in Moscow, and claim that the negotiations have ended months before it did so, than to hide Trump commitment.
But Müller gave his first public statement since more than a year, from the BuzzFeed report, to claim just 24 hours after its release, a lump sum that the story was “not accurate.” The Washington Post has since reported that Müller is his rare denial mean that the story was “almost entirely wrong” and the Special Counsel’s Office immediately “reviewed the evidence to determine whether there are any documents or witnesses to interviews such as the above, to reach out to the ones that you thought maybe you have a stake in the case. They found not.”
A Republican house member, meanwhile, have more than just the question of Cohen’s credibility in the run-up to the hearing on Wednesday. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted on Tuesday that the world is “much to learn” about Cohen and suggested he knew of disparaging information that could come up during his testimony.
Gaetz, a trump ally that the President speaks often, is not a member of the Committee, the question of Cohen. He has no evidence. Still, the tweet was extraordinary, because his remarks appeared to some Democrats, that the threat or intimidation of a witness.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz defended a tweet he sent out on Tuesday, Michael Cohen, suggesting that President Trump’s former lawyer, was unfaithful to his wife.
In a tweet, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wrote, “I encourage all members to be aware of the fact that comments in social media or in the press can have a negative impact on the ability of house committees, the truthful and complete information necessary to the performance of their duties.”
Pelosi went on to suggest that Gaetz opened, perhaps even a legal liability, warning that the Constitution, the speech or debate clause could — which provides virtually absolute legal immunity to statements made by senators and deputies during the Congress-debates-Gaetz, removed his comments from the house to protect.Floor.
“We are witnesses to the Tests, not witness tampering,” Gaetz countered in an interview with reporters. “When witnesses come before the Congress, their truthfulness, and sincerity of the question and we have the opportunity to test you.”
Lanny Davis, one of Cohen’s lawyers, said in a statement, he would not say Gaetz respond to the “vile lies and personal smears, except that we trust that his colleagues in the house, both Republicans and Democrats, reject his words and his behavior.”
Democrats were alternately listening to suspicious of Cohen, and eager to what he has to say. Sen. Mark Warner, the intelligence panel’s top Democrat, has proposed, in a brief statement to reporters before Tuesday, the interview, Cohen had provided important information.
“We are witnesses to the Tests, not witness tampering.”
— Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz
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“Two years ago, when this investigation began, I said, it is perhaps the most important thing I said in my public life in the Senate, and nothing to collect from what I have heard, from that view,” Warner.
Senators on the intelligence panel, the private meetings, which is a deviation from the Committee’s usual practice, where you will witness the interviews of the employees only attended on Tuesday. The Senate intel panel chairman, Richard Burr, suggested to The Associated Press before the meeting that his Committee would take measures to ensure that Cohen was telling the truth.
“I’m sure there are some questions we know the answers, so we will test him to see if he would said, in fact, to be honest this time,” Burr.
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At least one Republican member of the intelligence panel refused to go to the meeting. “I have no desire to go to, to listen, to lie, the lawyer,” said Texas Senator John Cornyn..
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He is also expected to discuss what he knows about a meeting between Trump’s campaign staff and a Russian lawyer at the Trump Tower before the election in 2016, a matter of particular interest to the Muller and Congress investigators.
Cohen is expected to discuss, questions to Russia in the public hearing, the save the information for the closed-door interviews with the intelligence committees. House oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings said he does not want to interfere, Mueller’s investigation into the Russian interference in the election in 2016, and links to Trump campaign.
Members of the oversight panel expects that questions about the campaign Finance violations, Trump’s business practices and compliance with the tax laws, and “the accuracy of the President’s public statements,” said a memo laying out the scope of the hearing.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Elizabeth Zwirz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.