Michael Cohen to Accuse Trump of Criminal Conduct While in Office

Speaking on Wednesday to a House of Representatives panel, Cohen will allege possible tax fraud and racist language by Mr Trump, say U.S. media.

President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen is kicking off his week of congressional testimony by appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday for what is expected to be a lengthy closed-door grilling by lawmakers. Cohen is testifying on Capitol Hill for three days this week, though Wednesday's hearing is the only one that it is public.

Cohen's highly anticipated appearances begin Tuesday with a closed-door interview before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said in a statement Tuesday 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".

Cohen, a key figure in the investigations into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, has claimed he made the payments at Trump's direction.

Matt Gartz threatened to reveal Michael Cohen secret girlfriends ahead of his testimony to Congress.

The House Oversight Committee will steer clear of the intelligence committee's inquiry into Russia's role in the election and alleged links between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Cohen has since acknowledged he continued pursuing the project for months after that.

Burr suggested his committee will take steps to ensure Cohen is telling the truth.

"We shouldn't believe him unless there's something to corroborate what he's going to say", Napolitano said Tuesday on "Fox & Friends".

Cohen's testimony is among the most anticipated since the House and Senate started investigating the Trump campaign's Russian Federation ties two years ago. Shortly after his sentencing, Cohen agreed that before his jail term began in May he would testify before lawmakers in Washington, D.C., under penalty of perjury.

He paid off porn star Stormy Daniels and Playmate Karen McDougal shortly before the 2016 election.

Cohen, sentenced to three years, is expected to report to prison in May.

According to an archived version of his bio from the website of his old firm Phillips Nizer, Cohen had only been licensed in NY, meaning he is now unable to practice anywhere.

Cohen is also expected to provide some of Trump's private financial statements and give what The Journal called "behind-the-scenes" details of working for Trump.

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee plan to publicly question Cohen about Trump's personal finances, including the payments to women, as well as alleged efforts by Trump and his lawyers to intimidate Cohen to try to keep him from testifying. Cohen has since pleaded guilty to multiple crimes, including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress, as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

  • Rogelio Becker