Trump derides 'fake' hearing, but says Cohen truthful on 'no collusion'

Anti-Trump Democrats are denying it, such is their zeal to overturn the 2016 election and impeach the president or cripple him as the 2020 election nears, but Michael Cohen appears to have perjured himself six times before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. In the wake of the testimony of Trump's former fixer, there's good news for fans on both fronts: on Thursday, reports emerged that two House committees are pursuing interviews with key figures in the president's business and campaign, including Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Felix Sater, and Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg.

Adam Schiff, California Democrat, called Thursday's interview with Cohen, "very productive", saying it "shed light" on the Russian Federation probe, but offered up scant details.

A manuscript from a book proposal authored by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen directly contradicts the testimony he gave before Congress on Wednesday.

Branding the president a "racist", Cohen recalled that Trump told him that "only black people would live that way" as they drove through a poor Chicago neighbourhood. It was signed by Mr Weisselberg and the President's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, who are helping run Mr Trump's businesses while he is in the White House. "He went about 95 percent instead of 100 percent", Mr. Trump told reporters in Hanoi. Mueller's findings and those of the congressional committees may influence whether Congress seeks to impeach Trump and remove him from office. Here's an example: "Nine years ago, a lawyer representing Trump Atlantic City casino creditors says he got threatening phone calls".

"The financial guy, the guy Trump has to turn to every time he wants to spend more than 50 bucks, that's the guy who's best placed for an investigator to turn to", Cotter, who has extensive experience prosecuting organized crime, told INSIDER.

He added: "Michael Cohen spent a decade as Trump's high-profile lobbier, toady, defender and personal attorney - and then one day he decided that he hated Donald Trump and he became Donald Trump's mortal enemy". "Mr Cohen testified truthfully before the House Oversight Committee...."

Mueller is due to submit to U.S. Attorney General William Barr a report on his investigation into whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether the president unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Work on the project continued well into the presidential campaign in 2016, timing that Cohen initially lied about to Congress.

Cohen immediately slammed the allegation, testifying under oath that he had never wanted to serve in the Trump administration. Cohen said he could not discuss that conversation, the last contact he said he has had with the president or anyone acting on his behalf, because it remains under investigation.

Also, New York Attorney-General Letitia James, a Democrat, is "reviewing Michael Cohen's testimony carefully to determine if it will impact any ongoing proceeding or investigation that the office is undertaking", a spokeswoman said.

"If there were names that were mentioned, or records that were mentioned during the hearing we are going to take a look at all of that".

Cohen also pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution, all charges arising out of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

"It is essential that the Department of Justice investigate these remarkable contradictions between Mr. Cohen, the SDNY [Southern District of New York] prosecutors and the public accounts of witnesses with firsthand information", Meadows and Jordan wrote in their referral.

"It was very interesting because he didn't lie about one thing".

Weisselberg was granted immunity past year to testify before a grand jury in the SDNY's investigation into Trump and Cohen.

  • Jon Douglas