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Michael Cohen, the highly-anticipated hearing opened with fireworks, as lawmakers argued whether or not President Trump should be moved to the “fixer” and former personal lawyer to the witness. After a few heated discussions and a Committee vote — the trial continued.
During his opening statement Wednesday morning, Cohen claims that the President was a “con man” and said he regretted his “blind loyalty” to the trump in the last ten years. Cohen has since turned on his former boss and apologized to US citizens, she said in a court hall in December, that they “deserve to know the truth.”
“Mr. Trump called me a ‘rat’ for the election, to tell the truth, much as a Gangster would do if one of his men decides to cooperate with the government,” Cohen said on Wednesday, adding that Trump has “attacked” him on Twitter.
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Cohen agreed to avoid a plea deal, which would have to be a long prison sentence, he makes a plea of guilty to charges of tax evasion, false statements to a financial institution, wilfully causes an illegal corporate contribution and making an excessive campaign contribution. He was also ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution and a $50,000 fine, and you lose $500,000. He was stripped of his license law in New York, when he went to Capitol Hill to testify before Congress on Feb. 27.
He was sentenced to three years in December and report to the prison on 6. March. As Cohen faces tough questions from lawmakers Wednesday, here’s a look at some of the biggest funky moments.
Cohen claimed Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks E-damage Mails to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
In the prepared testimony submitted to the Committee, Cohen claimed he was in Trump’s office in July 2016 as a long-time Advisor Roger Stone, the President called. Trump then put the stone on hands-free, and stone told him he had communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and that “within a couple of days, it would be a huge dump of E-Mails, damage to dignity campaign,” Clinton’s said Cohen.
“Not that would be great,” said Trump, according to Cohen.
“A lot of people have asked me if Mr Trump knew about the publication of the hacked Democratic National Committee E-Mails ahead of time … The answer is Yes.”
— Michael Cohen
This month, WikiLeaks, thousands of released E-Mails hacked from the Democratic National Committee’s server.
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“A lot of people have asked me if Mr Trump knew about the publication of the hacked Democratic National Committee E-Mails ahead of time,” Cohen said in the prepared testimony. “The answer is Yes.”
Stone was indicted on charges of obstruction, false statements and witnesses, the Manipulation as part of the Special Counsel, Robert Müller Russia probe. He was not accused of conspiracy with WikiLeaks, and he vehemently denies that he had any communication with Assange, before the E-Mail dump.
“There is no such evidence,” Stein told Fox News in a text message in the Feb.15. Back on Feb. 27, Stone, Cohen said the claims were “not true.”
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As the house hearing was underway, Republican Rep. Mark Meadows Cohen suggested a “clear violation of the rules”, as the statement was, to legislators, to the night.
“If it wasn’t on purpose, I don’t have a problem would have argued,” the meadows, saying it was “obvious” Cohen was advised to withhold his testimony.
“It was a Council that our testimony is received for the specific body … we should not, as it is for a body,” he added.
Committee ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, agreed the evidence was not available in time.
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“CNN had, before we did—they had the exhibits before we did it,” said Jordan, adding, “this is the first time that a convicted perjurer, has been brought back to be a star witness in a trial.”
Meadows made a motion to postpone the hearing. The legislature in a recorded vote, agreed to reject the motion and the hearing resumed.
This is a developing story. Look here for updates.
Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Samuel Chamberlain, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.