27 February, 2019
US President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen has begun a three-day gauntlet of congressional appearances by giving a closed-door interview to the Senate intelligence committee, where he is expected to detail what he claims to know about Trump's contacts with Russians and other sensitive matters related to the president.
Cohen will appear before three congressional committees this week and is expected to discuss Trump's role in the crimes to which Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018, including campaign finance violations.
Gaetz is not on the House committee that will be hearing from Cohen on Wednesday.
Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is set to testify privately today before the Senate Intelligence Committee and publicly on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee.
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Cohen once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump, but he has since turned against his former boss. Cohen is also set to be questioned by the Senate and House intelligence committees on Tuesday and Thursday, but those sessions will take place behind closed doors.
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He said that without the corroborating evidence, Cohen testifying before Congress is only an attempt to "ruin the president's trip to Vietnam".
It cited an unnamed person familiar with Cohen's planned testimony to Congress on Wednesday.
Cohen will allegedly talk in "scathing" terms about Trump's "lies, racism and cheating", plus multiple news outlets are reporting that Cohen's bringing receipts with him in the form of documents that "show the president engaged in criminal conduct". Cohen, scheduled to report to prison in May, has already said he briefed Trump on the project in June 2016.
Cohen is also said to be planning to reveal damaging financial information about Mr. Trump, including the fact that he lied about his net worth on several occasions, and even lied to avoid taxes, according to Business Insider.
"We think he has a lot to offer", Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.
The Oversight committee plans to examine Trump's compliance with tax and campaign-finance laws, his potential conflicts of interest, and any payments made to influence the 2016 election, according to a memo from committee chair Elijah Cummings.
Cohen paid $130,000 weeks before the 2016 election to Daniels, who said she had an affair with Trump.