Michael Cohen, the former "fixer" and personal lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, is expected to tell Congress that Trump is a "racist," a "conman," and a "cheat." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Michael Cohen, the former "fixer" and personal lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, is set to tell Congress that Trump is a "racist," a "conman," and a "cheat." Cohen is expected to testify on Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time about a leak of emails that would hurt his Democraticrival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen will also tell Congress that Trump directed negotiations for a real estate project in Moscow, even as he publicly said he had no business interests in Russia while he campaigned for the presidency, according to a draft of Cohen's planned testimony.
Cohen says Trump ordered him to pay $130,000 to an adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels to cover up an affair in violation of campaign finance laws, and also told Cohen to lie about it to First Lady Melania Trump.
The sweeping claims against Trump, from a man who was once a loyal ally, come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be close to completing his investigation into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign team and Russian efforts to interfere in the election.
Trump, who has denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow, dismisses the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and has said Cohen is a liar and a "rat."