President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is set to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee that his former boss was familiar with efforts by his longtime adviser Roger Stone to contact WikiLeaks before it released emails from the Democratic National Committee, a copy of his public testimony submitted to Congress shows.
In his 20-page statement, Cohen details a number of allegations against Trump, including making racist comments about African-Americans, faking a medical condition to avoid serving in Vietnam and taking part in illegal hush money payments.
Cohen will further testify about the President’s efforts in 2016 to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, alleging that his 2017 testimony before Congress was edited by Trump’s legal team to downplay the aggressiveness of his pursuit of the project, CNN reports.
On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Cohen a “disgraced felon” and added that it was “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.”
During the Wednesday testimony before the House panel, the President’s former lawyer and “fixer” will also say that through his interaction with Trump he was instructed by him to lie to Congress. Cohen will call his former boss a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat.”
His testimony will also include claims that in 2016 he witnessed Trump talk with Stone, who allegedly told the President “that he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange and that Mr. Assange told Mr. Stone that, within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”
At that, Trump allegedly responded “wouldn’t that be great,” Cohen plans to say in his testimony.
He will also say that Trump was aware of his son’s meeting with Russians at Trump Tower and that he witnessed Donald Trump Jr. tell his father, “The meeting is all set.” Both the President and his son have denied Trump had any knowledge of it.
“I also knew that nothing went on in Trump world, especially the campaign, without Mr. Trump’s knowledge and approval,” Cohen will also say.
Finally, Cohen will portray Trump as an ultimately dishonorable person in whom “the bad far outweighs the good.”