Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer, concluded a day of testimony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday in front of the House Oversight Committee. Cohen finishes his congressional testimony circuit Thursday with a closed-door hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, where he is being grilled for details about the president’s plans to build a tower in Moscow, Trump’s financial ties to other foreign actors and what he knew about Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential campaign.
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When Cohen, who once said he’d take a bullet for his boss, appeared in front of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees in the fall of 2017, he lied, telling lawmakers that discussion of a potential Trump Tower in Moscow ended in early 2016. He later admitted that those discussions went on into June of that year. Those lies are part of the reason why he’s going to jail for three years.
The House Intelligence Committee is expected to probe that admission further on Thursday. The panel’s chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has long speculated that Trump and his close affiliates may have laundered money or engaged in financial dealings that could have given foreign actors – not just Russia – leverage over Trump that could affect his actions as president.
“Today Cohen provided the American public with a firsthand account of serious misconduct by Trump & those around him,” Schiff tweeted Wednesday evening. “Tomorrow we’ll examine in depth many of those topics including Trump Tower Moscow, Roger Stone/WikiLeaks and any WH role in Cohen’s false statements to Congress.”