MICHAEL Cohen – once a member of Donald Trump’s inner circle – could provide the most damning depiction of the US President’s campaign.
Cohen apologised for his actions and claims Trump indirectly told him to lie with a certain look in his eye
Reuters Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney of U.S. President Donald Trump, sits at the witness table waiting to testify
What has Michael Cohen accused Donald Trump of?
Michael Cohen has claimed Trump is a “racist”, a “conman” and a “cheat”.
The 52-year-old former lawyer’s prepared testimony says: “I am ashamed of my weakness and misplaced loyalty – of the things I did for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him.
“I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.”
Mr Cohen claims the US President knew about the release of Wikileaks emails which were set to hurt his presidential rivals, in advance.
AFP or licensors Cohen arrives to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill
Cohen will also say that Trump had business interests in Russia, claiming he directed negotiations for a real estate in Moscow.
Cohen said Trump did not directly tell him to lie, but “he would look me in the eye and tell me there’s no business in Russia and then go out and lie to the American people by saying the same thing.”What did Congressman Matt Gaetz say?
Florida Republican Matt Gaetz tweeted on February 27 that the world is “about to learn a lot” about Cohen.
He suggested he knew of disparaging information that could come out during the hearing.
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Gaetz later apologised and said he was deleting the tweet.
He is not a member of the committee that was questioning Cohen.