Published: Fri, March 01, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump blasts Michael Cohen bombshell testimony for intruding on his Vietnam summit

Trump blasts Michael Cohen bombshell testimony for intruding on his Vietnam summit

For more than seven hours yesterday, Michael Cohen unspooled a withering portrait of President Donald Trump, painting his longtime patron as a liar and a fraud in starkly personal terms.

"Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately)", Trump tweeted ahead of the hearing from Hanoi, where he was enmeshed in a second nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "But I have my suspicions", Cohen said.

Cohen said that while Trump did not directly tell him to give false testimony to Congress about the Moscow negotiations, the president made clear "that he wanted me to lie".

Mr. Cohen's testimony before the Committee at times was in direct contradiction to assertions contained in pleadings authored by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY.) There are other instances in which Mr. Cohen's statements to the Committee were immediately contradicted by witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the subject matter.

Cohen said Trump personally directed him to arrange a $130,000 hush money payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels in the waning weeks of the 2016 campaign.

"Today Cohen provided the American public with a first-hand account of serious misconduct by Trump & those around him", Schiff said. "In his way, he was telling me to lie".

It will follow dramatic public testimony by Cohen on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, in which the one-time "fixer" for Trump accused the president of breaking the law while in office and said for the first time that Trump knew in advance about a WikiLeaks dump of stolen emails that hurt his 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton.

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.

Cohen's often-explosive allegations Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee suggest that Trump and some of his associates may have been involved in white-collar crimes.

Cohen has already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress.

The U.S. president said he was "a little impressed" his former personal attorney didn't lie about collusion with Russian Federation in an otherwise untruthful testimony.

Trump repeatedly lied to voters about not having any business dealings with the Russians because he never expected to win the election and didn't want to pass up landing a lucrative real estate deal in Moscow, according to Cohen.

The bad news, according to Mr Christie, was Mr Cohen's revelation that federal prosecutors in NY were investigating Mr Trump.

"You've claimed that you've lied but you're not a liar", said Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga. Trump provided an inflated picture of his assets to Deutsche Bank when preparing to make a bid for the NFL's Buffalo Bills, Cohen said.

Naturally, Cohen includes a public apology to his family for his crimes (last December, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes and lying to Congress). He said the check was one of 11 installment checks.

He warned the members and others who "blindly" support Trump that they could end up suffering "the same consequences that I'm suffering".

In his final statement, Cohen laid out the stakes very clearly: Trump might not cede power if defeatedin 2020.

"Certainly it's the first time a convicted perjurer has been brought back to be a star witness in a hearing", Republican Representative Jim Jordan told Cohen, deriding him as a "cheat" and a "fraudster" who is about to go to prison. "I think they're afraid you're going to tell the truth".

Cohen replied, "As neither should I as the son of a Holocaust survivor".

Patton, who serves as an official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, did not speak at the hearing but had a statement entered on record.

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