Cohen to testify Trump broke the law

Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building before testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on February 26, 2019 in Washington, DC.

The alleged criminal conduct is related to a hush-money payment that Cohen facilitated to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she had an affair with Trump about a decade ago, the Journal reported.

Ahead of the hearings, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called Cohen a "disgraced felon", saying it was "laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word". Trump supporters are expected to point to the aforementioned conviction for lying to Congress as evidence that his testimony should not be taken seriously.

In addition to the crimes that Trump allegedly committed, Cohen plans to reveal some of the President's financial documents to prove that he has either inflated or deflated his net worth for his own business and personal advancement.

Cohen had been scheduled to speak to the three committees earlier this month, but rescheduled all of those appearances for different reasons.

On Nov. 29, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress by telling lawmakers in 2017 that all efforts relating to the Moscow project had ceased by January 2016.

Like Tuesday's hearing, his testimony on Thursday with the House intelligence committee will also be behind closed doors.

"I'm sure there will be some questions we know the answers to, so we'll test him to see whether in fact he'll be truthful this time", Burr said.

The Stormy Daniels and Russian Federation issues have been talking points for a long time now, but perhaps one of the most shocking aspects to Cohen's testimony will be the charge that Trump regularly employs racist language when talking about blacks.

The court ruled that Cohen's disbarment is retroactive to November 29, 2018, "the date [Cohen] ceased to be an attorney as a result of his conviction of the crime of making false statements to Congress in violation of 18 USC 1001 (a)(2), a federal felony". He is also slated to appear before two House panels later this week.

Cohen has said Trump directed him to make hush-money payments to two women who said they had sexual relationships with Trump, in violation of campaign finance laws before the 2016 election.

Trump denies the allegations and says that Cohen lied to get a lighter sentence. But Cohen, who was uniquely situated as a former vice president of Trump's real estate and entertainment group, and could provide more details of Trump's involvement in testimony this week. On Tuesday, he goes behind closed doors for a talk with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

  • Joey Payne