“I testify to protect my family from threats from the President,” Cohen said at House of Representatives oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, February 27.
Cohen proves Trump’s payment of money to women for silence
According to Cohen, he understands doubts about his truthfulness, because he was convicted in the past of false testimony. Ex-Trump’s lawyer said that therefore provides “irrefutable documents”, in particular, a copy of a check confirming his participation in illegal payments for silence to two women allegedly had relations with the President of the United States.
A number of criminal cases against Michael Cohen were initiated in early 2018. In August, he made a deal with the investigation and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Among the episodes imputed to him is tax evasion, as well as the payment of money for the silence of ex-porn star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly was in connection with Trump, as well as other women.
Cohen claims Trump made him lie
As part of the investigation of special Prosecutor Robert Mueller about possible Russian interference in the US elections in 2016 and collusion of Trump’s entourage with the Russian authorities, Cohen’s contacts were also studied. In particular, it was about the negotiations of Donald Trump with the Russian side on the construction project “Trump Tower” in Moscow. Michael Cohen, speaking before Congress in 2017, gave false testimony, saying that the talks ended by January 2016. In fact, they lasted until June 2016.
According to Cohen, Trump did not directly offer him to lie. However, during the election campaign, the future US President told him, looking into his eyes, that he was not conducting any business negotiations with Russia, although in fact they were still going on. “He told me in his own way that I should lie,” Cohen says.
Trump knew in advance about the publication in WikiLeaks compromising on Clinton
The future US President knew in advance about the publication of WikiLeaks compromising on the US presidential candidate from the Democratic party Hillary Clinton, Cohen said. According to him, he was personally present at Trump’s telephone conversation with his then adviser Roger Stone. During this conversation, Stone informed Trump that Julian Assange in the coming days will publish materials obtained as a result of hacking the servers of the Democratic party.
According to Cohen, Trump insulted African Americans. “”One day he asked me if I could name a country run by a black man that is not a ‘shithole”. This was when Barack Obama was the President of the United States, “Cohen said.