Trump’s Former Lawyer Michael Cohen Testifies In Front Of Congress

 In Conflicts Of Interest, Corruption and Fraud, Russia, Transparency   Last Updated: March 2, 2019

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer who had previously pled guilty to 9 federal charges in 2018, testified in front of Congress on February 27, 2019 to describe his relationship with President Trump.

He made several claims in his testimony, specifically that Trump knew about collusion with Wikileaks regarding the release of DNC emails, that Trump ordered hush payments to Stormy Daniels to be carried out by Cohen, and that Cohen was personally working on real estate deals in Russia while Trump and his team were publicly stating they had no ongoing business in Russia at the time of the campaign.

He also provided documents to support some of the claims in his testimony.  As he described them in his testimony:

  • A copy of a check Mr. Trump wrote from his personal bank account — after he became president – to reimburse me for the hush money payments I made to cover up his affair with an adult film star and prevent damage to his campaign;
  • Copies of financial statements for 2011 — 2013 that he gave to such institutions as Deutsche Bank;
  • A copy of an article with Mr. Trump’s handwriting on it that reported on the auction of a portrait of himself — he arranged for the bidder ahead of time and then reimbursed the bidder from the account of his non-profit charitable foundation, with the picture now hanging in one of his country clubs; and
  • Copies of letters I wrote at Mr. Trump’s direction that threatened his high school, colleges, and the College Board not to release his grades or SAT scores.

 

 

Michael Cohen. "Read: Michael Cohen's opening statement to Congress." CNN.com, 27 February 2019. Transcript of Testimony. 02 March 2019.
Michael Tackett. "Five Takeaways From Cohen’s Testimony to Congress." New York Times, 27 February 2019. Web. 02 March 2019.
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