Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Criminal Conduct While in Office

Michael Cohen, left, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, arrives to testify before a closed door hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee accompanied by his lawyer Lanny Davis of Washington, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Washington.

Cohen will also reportedly submit financial documents showing impropriety at the Trump Organization and provide details on his hush payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom have claimed to have had affairs with Trump.

The congressional hearing would be the first time Cohen has accused the president of committing a crime while in office.

Judge Andrew Napolitano said the timing of Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress appears to be meant to distract from President Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In response to details of Cohen's testimony, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday, "It's laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies".

Trump's former personal lawyer is set to give a bombshell testimony in front of Congress.

Led by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, the Oversight Committee plans to limit its questioning of Cohen.

According to the report, Cohen is planning on addressing a story that surfaced via Buzzfeed that said Trump ordered him to lie to Congress about Russian Federation and alleged business deals during the 2016 presidential campaign.

With Trump in Vietnam for his latest summit with "Rocket Man", North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, there is sure to be a big push from the right to play up this summit as a way to detract from the impact of Cohen's testimony.

Cohen will head back behind closed doors on Thursday for his final testimony of the week before the House Intelligence Committee.

Cohen pleaded guilty a year ago to criminal charges including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a bank, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

Many are now comparing Cohen's big moment to the 1973 House testimony of John Dean against former President Richard Nixon, who resigned about a year later.

We will update you on Cohen's address tomorrow.

Trump denies the allegations and says that Cohen lied to get a lighter sentence.

This could be the basis for lawmakers or investigators to pursue Trump's tax returns.

The Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, told ABC's "This Week" that if Barr refuses to make the report public, "we will subpoena the report and bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress and take it to court if necessary".

  • Jon Douglas