"He Lied A Lot", Donald Trump On Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen's Testimony

Michael Cohen Live Stream: Watch Ex-Trump Lawyer's House Testimony

When President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, testified before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, two of the Republicans who questioned him the most aggressively were Rep. Jim Jordan of OH and North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows (who heads the far-right House Freedom Caucus).

Speaking at a news conference in Vietnam on Thursday after his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un ended without agreement, the USA president said it was "sort of incredible" that such a hearing would be held back in Washington while he was on an important overseas trip.

Cohen said he doesn't have direct evidence that Trump colluded with the Russian government during the election but he has "suspicions", including after a June 2016 meeting between the president's oldest son and a Kremlin-connected lawyer.

During his explosive testimony to the House oversight committee, Mr Cohen said that the President had instructed him to find a "straw bidder" to buy the portrait of him that was being auctioned at an event.

In questioning Michael Cohen about his past attempts to cover up for Trump's faux pas, Rep. Jackie Speier asked him about a much-rumoured elevator tape, in which the president could be allegedly seen striking his wife.

"I think we all feel it was a very productive interview today where he was able to shed light on a lot of issues that are very important to our investigation".

Cohen detailed reimbursements from Trump for hush money Cohen paid weeks before the election to keep adult-film star Stormy Daniels quiet about an affair she alleges she had with Trump more than a decade ago.

Without directly mentioning Cohen's specific comments about the alleged conversation, Stone said Cohen's "statement is not true".

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"Today Cohen provided the American public with a first-hand account of serious misconduct by Trump & those around him", Schiff said. Cohen's testimony may pose a problem for Trump Jr., who told Congress in 2017 that was only "peripherally aware" of the proposal.

They claimed Cohen and the Democrats are out to destroy Trump and that he is seeking a lesser prison sentence for his crimes.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress about the Trump Organization's efforts to negotiate a deal to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Cohen also said Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow reviewed and edited his false testimony. They kept the public in the dark by refusing to hold hearings, ignoring witnesses, and producing narrow or incompletereports denying wrongdoing, all while Republican operatives assured their base that Trump was the most maligned president in history.

Cohen's testimony comes about two months before he begins a three-year prison term after pleading guilty to financial crimes, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

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.

He testified that Trump is a "racist" and "con man" who told him to lie about a real estate project in Russian Federation.

"The last time I appeared before Congress, I came to protect Mr. Trump".

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The bad news, according to Mr Christie, was Mr Cohen's revelation that federal prosecutors in NY were investigating Mr Trump. "I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore".

Trump put Stone on speakerphone as Stone relayed that he had communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and that "within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton's campaign", Cohen said.

Cohen also characterized Trump as a co-conspirator to violate federal election law.

As Republicans blasted him as a convicted liar, a mostly unrattled Cohen sought to blunt the attacks by repeatedly acknowledging his own failings.

The messages - which USA 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.

"In his way, he was telling me to lie", Cohen testified.

"Questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr Trump or his campaign colluded with Russian Federation", he said.

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