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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, and fixer, arrives at federal court for his sentencing hearing, December 12, 2018 in New York City.
President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Tuesday will start a three-day gauntlet of congressional appearances by giving a closed-door interview to the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he is expected to detail what he claims to know about Trump’s contacts with Russia, hush payments made prior to the 2016 election and other sensitive matters.
Cohen is also expected to provide evidence of alleged criminal conduct by Trump since he became president. In addition to his testimony, Cohen will reveal information about Trump’s financial statements, according to NBC News who cited an anonymous source.
Cohen will describe behind the scenes eyewitness and personal observation anecdotes which include lies, racism, and cheating as a private businessman when Cohen worked for him for 10 years, NBC News said.
Trump’s former lawyer plans to tell U.S. lawmakers that Trump asked him several times about a proposed skyscraper project in Moscow long after he secured the Republican presidential nomination, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Cohen’s assertion that Trump was inquiring about the project as late as June 2016, if true, would show Trump remained personally interested in a business venture in Russia well into his candidacy. Cohen, scheduled to report to prison in May, has already said he briefed Trump on the project in June 2016.
Cohen will also discuss his own motives for lying for the president, and why he decided to tell the truth publicly for fear of his family and country. He will detail how and why he made those decisions, according to NBC News.
Senators are suspicious of Cohen, who is set to serve time in prison for lying to the Committee in 2017. But they are also eager to hear what Trump’s former loyal fixer has to say.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr told The Associated Press that senators will have staff ask questions in Tuesday’s session but will be there to observe. He says no topics will be off limits and that Cohen “should expect to get any question from anywhere about anything.”
—The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to the report.