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Five ways Cohen implicated Trump in a possible crime

Five ways Cohen implicated Trump in a possible crime

As well as name-calling, describing his former boss as, among other things, a "conman", a "cheat" and a "racist", Michael Cohen make a number of specific claims about Donald Trump.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, presides over the last hour of testimony by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 27, 2019.

Trump pushed back Thursday during a news conference in Vietnam after a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Cohen told the House Oversight Committee that Trump directed him previous year to lie about hush payments made to a porn actress to silence her claims of an affair with Trump.

He said he does think it's important that Cohen said that there was no collusion with Russian Federation, but there were several other points that contradicted his own testimony on other matters.

"I think having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a bad thing", Trump said.

Cohen also said some things in Trump's favor.

Stone, even though he is under a gag order, texted reporters Wednesday: "Mr. Cohen's statement is not true".

According to Cohen, President Trump knew in advance about the WikiLeaks dump of the Democratic National Committee emails stolen by Russian Federation, paid hush money to Stormy Daniels, urged Cohen to lie to Congress, and even, in an extraordinary exchange that will certainly stick with listeners, ordered Cohen to threaten as many as 500 people.

"The country has seen Mr. Trump court white supremacists and bigots".

The appearance marked the latest step in Cohen's evolution from legal fixer for the president - he once boasted he'd "take a bullet" for Trump - to a foe who has implicated him in federal campaign finance violations.

On Wednesday, he said Weisselberg decided that reimbursement payments to Cohen should be spread over 12 months so they would look like a retainer agreement, rather than a one-time payment.

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And he named two private lawyers working for Trump and his family - Jay Sekulow and Abbe Lowell - as having edited the false testimony on the Moscow Trump Tower project that led to Cohen's conviction for lying to Congress.

Trump has denied having sex with Daniels and said the payments to her and another woman who claimed an affair were not illegal.

But in a striking display of remorse, the 52-year-old New Yorker, who was the president's right-hand man at the Trump Organization, said he was ashamed of the time he worked for Trump, protecting him and concealing "illicit acts".

Trump administration staffer Lynne Patton made an appearance at the House Oversight Committee hearing on February 27, where Michael Cohen is now testifying before a panel. "In his way, he was telling me to lie". The hearing proceeded along parallel tracks, with Democrats focusing on allegations against Trump while Republicans sought to undermine Cohen's credibility and the proceeding itself.

Pay-offs to Stormy Daniels, the Democratic National Committee email leaks from WikiLeaks, the Russian Federation investigation - Michael Cohen's testimony had it all.

That's what Cohen says he is now, particularly for his own children. Stone that, within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton's campaign.

He said the president spoke to him a year later to discuss the public messaging around the transaction, and had even once put his wife, Melania, on the phone so that Cohen could lie to her.

Republicans zeroed in on Cohen as someone who can not be believed because he lied to Congress before and is going to prison for it.

Mr Trump, Cohen told the hearing, replied: "OK good, let me know".

Asked if Trump knew the details, Cohen said: "Oh, he knew about everything, yes".

The messages - which U.S. authorities say were hacked by Russian intelligence - caused a damaging rift among Democrats by exposing how party officials preferred Mrs Clinton over her challenger for the presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders. Cohen said. "Yes, but I'm not really sure I can answer that question in terms of collusion".


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