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Michael Cohen is set to deliver a slew of scathing accusations against his former boss, President Donald Trump, in public testimony before Congress on Wednesday.
And this time, Cohen, who is heading to prison for lying to Congress, will assure lawmakers that he’s telling the truth.
Cohen, 52, who served by Trump’s side as a Trump Organization executive and personal attorney for more than a decade, will call the president a “racist,” a “cheat” and a “con man,” according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by NBC News.
He will provide what he says are checks showing that Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. personally reimbursed him for the $130,000 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels on the eve of the 2016 presidential election to keep her from speaking publicly about an alleged affair. Those checks came after Trump became president, Cohen will say.
And he will allege that Trump knew in advance that whistle-blowing organization WikiLeaks was planning to release hacked Democrats’ emails in the late stages of the 2016 election that would be damaging to Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.
Cohen has already pleaded guilty to multiple charges lodged by federal prosecutors in New York and special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election meddling and possible Trump-campaign collusion. His crimes included tax evasion and lying to Congress, as well as violating campaign finance law through his payment to Daniels.
He is scheduled to begin a three-year prison term in May. Nothing Cohen says before the House Oversight Committee can help him reduce that sentence.
Trump, who is in Vietnam meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in pursuit of progress on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, attacked Cohen’s credibility in a tweet early Wednesday.
Trump TWEET Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!
Republicans on the Oversight Committee will likely do the same, highlighting the fact that Cohen has already admitted to misleading Congress in prior testimony.
Cohen’s prepared testimony shows he will apologize to lawmakers, including Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, for his past lies.
“For those who question my motives for being here today, I understand. I have lied, but I am not a liar. I have done bad things, but I am not a bad man,” Cohen’s prepared text says.
“I have fixed things, but I am no longer your ‘fixer,’ Mr. Trump.”
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