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Michael Cohen, the ex-trump-fixer, a convicted who has been to three years in prison and discharged to a President Trump during his testimony in Congress on Wednesday, saying repeatedly that he is ashamed of””, his last work for the trombone, while he claims that he has “suspicions” but no evidence-about whether Trump’s presidential campaign is co-ordinated with Russia in 2016.
The testimony is a remarkable turnaround for someone who once claimed that he would be willing to take a bullet for Trump. Cohen began his statement, Trump said: “He is a racist. He is a conman. And he is a cheater.” After outlining numerous alleged misdeeds of Trump, Cohen expressed his regret, and repeats the refrain” I still work for him.”
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Cohen came to the hearing with a number of exhibits, including examinations, which he says are proof of his previous claims, Trump organized the hush-money payments to two women who claimed Affairs with the trump card during the campaign.
“I’m going to prison to help in part because of my decision, Mr. Trump hide that payment from the American people before you have chosen, a few days later,” said Cohen.
He also accused his former client knowledge, adviser, Roger stone, was to reach out to WikiLeaks on the publication of the stolen Democratic National Committee E-Mails during the 2016 campaign. Trump has denied prior knowledge.
Cohen had not addressed claims that Trump this communication. He has made it expressly asserted 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 says. “I don’t know. I want to be clear. But, I have my suspicions.”
On Wednesday, the stone-best the claim, told Fox News: “Mr. Cohen, the statement is not true of a ride.”
The long-awaited hearing began with fireworks, as the Republicans Cohen presented as a liar and unsuccessfully moved for a postponement of the hearing, during the democratic Chairman Elijah Cummings accused the GOP to suppress the testimony try.
In his opening statement, the democratic Chairman Elijah Cummings acknowledged that Cohen “repeatedly lied in the past”, calling it an “important factor, we must weigh up.” He said that if Cohen does not tell the truth, he will refer to him, to the judiciary for prosecution.
But Cummings said the hearing is important for the understanding of the president’s actions in the past, said: “the days of the Committee for the protection of the President at any cost are over.”
Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking member of the Committee, in his opening statement, the Democrats are fucked for calling Cohen to testify, emphasized Cohen is guilty, to lie to Congress. Jordan went on to accuse Democrats of conducting the hearing, so you can later try to impeach, the President.
“The first announced as a witness for the 116th Congress is a guy that came into the prison two months ago for lying to Congress,” said Jordan.
Cohen told the Committee: “I lied to you, but I’m not a liar. I’ve done some bad things, but I’m not a bad person.” He said he would not ask for it or accept an apology from trump.
Cohen also pointed out, what is he an “unusual” episode in the Trump Tower gets in approximately June 2016, when Donald Trump, Jr whispered, allegedly, a “meeting” in Trump’s ear-and then, allegedly, Trump replied, “Ok, good. Please let me know.”
According to Cohen, “nothing especially, the campaign went in the trump world, without the knowledge and consent Trump. So I came to the conclusion that Don Jr said, it was in June of 2016, Trump Tower on dirt on Hillary with the Russian representative, if he went behind his father’s Desk, on the day.”
This meeting has long been a subject of dispute, in which the participants allegedly promised dirt on Clinton, in spite of later claims that the meeting dealt instead with other issues. Trump has claimed that he know in advance about the meeting — Trump Jr back up, who said that the Senate judiciary Committee the same thing in September 2017 and the legal responsibility would be in front of potential criminal if he is lying. But the administration has changed, the accounting, whether Trump was personally involved in the preparation of a response to the media reports about the meeting.
Cohen outlines a number of other alleged misdeeds by trump, to reduce the underneath of his balance-sheet total, his taxes, and even tried to strongarm academic officials in his attitude to SAT scores and grades secret. And he’s accused of repeatedly him of racism.
“We were once driving through an up-and-coming neighborhood in Chicago, he said that only black people could live that way,” said Cohen. “And he told me that black people would never vote for him because they are too stupid. And yet, I continued to work for him.”
Early Wednesday, Trump tweeted that Cohen was “to reduce his jail-time” and referred to published reports that Cohen’s license was revoked by the New York State Supreme Court.
The President was tweeting from Hanoi, Vietnam where he will meet at a summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un.
As the trial began on Wednesday, the North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark meadows interrupted to say Cohen’s prepared testimony was not received by the Committee 24 hours in advance, in violation of the Committee rules call for a postponement of the hearing.
“It was a conscious effort, to show by this witness and his advisors once again, his contempt for this body,” Meadows said.
Jordan, the ranking member of the Committee, added: “CNN had, before we did it.”
Cummings, the Committee had received the statement, “late last night.” The Democrat-controlled Committee voted in, refuse to move the GOP call.
Wednesday listens to, is one of three congressional hearings this week, where Cohen is expected to testify against his former boss. He testified Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and on Thursday, Cohen, appears before the House Intelligence Committee, though both of them behind closed doors.
The White house in a statement on Tuesday, sought to portray Cohen as a liar.
“Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is said to prison for lying to Congress and the other wrong statements,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “Sadly, he goes before Congress this week, and we can expect more of the same. It is 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.”
Cohen was originally scheduled to report to prison on July 6. To begin March, will serve a three-year sentence after he Finance pleaded guilty to the campaign and other violations in the last year. He is now scheduled to report to prison 6. May.
In December, Cohen’s prison was sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to campaign people Finance law violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress. He agreed to cooperate with the Prosecutor’s office as part of a deal.
The allegations against Cohen arose from two separate investigations – one by Federal prosecutors in New York, and the other by Special Counsel Robert Müller.
Fox News’ Lillian LeCroy, Gregg Re, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.