President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was grilled on their relationship in a Senate hearing today. His testimony was explosive.
“I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is,” Cohen told the US Senate Hearing. “He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.”
Before setting out on his damning discourse, he asked the Senate for protection: “I have asked this Committee to ensure that my family be protected from Presidential threats”.
He then made his opinion clear, in no uncertain terms.
“Never in a million years did I imagine, when I accepted a job in 2007 to work for Donald Trump, that he would one day run for President, launch a 2 campaign on a platform of hate and intolerance, and actually win. I regret the day I said “yes” to Mr. Trump. I regret all the help and support I gave him along the way.”
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“In July 2016, days before the Democratic convention, I was in Mr. Trump’s office when his secretary announced that Roger Stone was on the phone. Mr. Trump put Mr. Stone on the speakerphone. Mr. Stone told Mr. Trump 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.
Mr. Trump responded by stating to the effect of “wouldn’t that be great.”
“Mr. Trump is a racist. The country has seen Mr. Trump court white supremacists and bigots. You have heard him call poorer countries “shitholes.” In private, he is even worse.
He once asked me if I could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a “shithole.” This was when Barack Obama was President of the United States. “
Cohen, 52, worked closely with Trump for more than 12 years becoming vice president of the Trump Organization, where he was the billionaire property magnate’s behind-the-scenes “fixer.” Last year, he pleaded guilty to illegally using campaign funds forthe hush payments to the two women, which he claims was done at Trump’s command.
He also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in testimony in 2017 when he sought to cover up Trump’s pursuit of a lucrativeMoscow real estate project during the previous year’s presidential election.
Cohen could potentially implicate the White House in those lies, which he later said admitted he undertook to protect the president.
The testimony was from was just the first of three appearances that could produce explosive new revelations about the US leader.
Cohen spent some eight hours behind the closed doors of the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he is believed to have been quizzed on Trump’s Russia connections, business practices and illegal hush payments he allegedly ordered Cohen to arrange ahead of the 2016 election for two women claiming they had affairs with now-President Trump.
Cohen’s sole public appearance on Capitol Hill this week, at the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, threatened to be stormy.
“I really appreciate the opportunity that was given to me to clear the record and to tell the truth,” Cohen said yesterday following his testimony.
“And I look forward to tomorrow to being able to, in my voice, to tell the American people my story, and I’m going to letthe American people decide exactly who’s telling the truth.”
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