closevideo what can we expect from Michael Cohen testimony on Capitol Hill?
President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen said Tuesday that the American people can decide, “right, who is telling the truth when he testifies Wednesday before the House Oversight and Reform Committee-but, in a social media post notice on the eve of the hearing, a top Republican suggested 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.
Cohen, after Trump has a loyal lawyer and fixer, to his former boss and has, together with Special Counsel Robert Müller Russia is investigation.
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, in order to be able to tell in my voice, the American people, my history,” Cohen told reporters on Tuesday.
He made the comments after a meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee for more than nine hours behind closed doors. Cohen said that he was grateful for the opportunity to “disable the record and tell the truth” to the Senate Commission, after recognition he had lied to the control panel in 2017.
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.
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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.
In addition, lying to Congress, Cohen pleaded guilty last year to campaign Finance violations for his involvement in the payments to two women who claim they had Affairs with trump.
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.”
Trump denies the charges and says Cohen lied to a milder judgment.
The person with the knowledge of what Cohen intends to say, the Congress said that he was going to information about Trumpf financial statements that he claim shows trump reduced assets to pay less taxes on Golf courses; details of Daniel’s payment and claim that Trump is hosting a cover-up by pretending to Cohen to be repaid; and to claim that Trump talked to him and asked him questions about the Trump Moscow project over to 2016.
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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.