Michael Cohen on Capitol Hill for dramatic testimony about President Trump
Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Michael Cohen, the president’s former attorney and fixer, had no comment as he arrived on Capitol Hill Tuesday to testify at the first of three highly anticipated congressional hearings this week.
In closed-door testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Cohen is expected to correct previous testimony to the committee he was convicted of lying about — and tease out a record of his decade working beside President Donald Trump.
“What he will talk about … is what did you do for Mr. Trump during those 10 years, and why? And what caused you to change, and tell the truth, and refuse to accept a pardon, and become transformed?” Lanny Davis, Cohen’s attorney, told ABC News’ “The Investigation” podcast last week.
The timing of Cohen’s arrival on Capitol Hill coincided with the timing of another high-stakes event taking place on the other side of the globe. President Trump touched down in Hanoi for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday morning just moments before Cohen was seen entering the committee room for his closed testimony.
The White House on Tuesday slammed congressional Democrats as “pathetic” for allowing Cohen to testify.
“Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statements,” a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders read. “Sadly, he will go before Congress this week and we can expect more of the same. It’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies.”
After his closed hearing to the Senate panel on Tuesday, Cohen will make his way across Capitol Hill to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, where he will testify in public for the first time before the House Oversight Committee.
ABC News reported Tuesday that when Cohen takes the stand Wednesday, he will for the first time publicly accuse President Donald Trump of potentially committing a crime while in office, according to a source familiar with his intended testimony.
The accusation, according to the source, is related to Trump’s alleged repayment of money to Cohen for a hush money deal with Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and director who claims to have had an affair with Trump. Trump has denied Daniels’ claim but has admitted to the reimbursement.
Asked Tuesday morning whether she had a reaction to news that Cohen expects to implicate the president in possible criminal activity, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, “We’ll see what he says tomorrow.”
Cohen will finish his trio of congressional hearings on Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee in another closed door hearing.
The longtime fixer for President Trump pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about a Trump Tower project in Moscow that the president’s real estate company was pursuing at the same time he was running for president in 2016.
In statements to the House and Senate Intelligence committees, Cohen testified the project ended in January 2016. He later said it continued well into the campaign, at least until June of that year.
Cohen is scheduled to report to prison in early May for a three-year sentence.
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