Michael Cohen, the former
Cohen was Trump’s most dogged and visible fixer for more than a decade. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, now helmed by Democrats for the first time in eight years, will hear his testimony on February 7.
He said Thursday that the hearing will give him a chance ‘to give a full and credible acount of the events that have transpired.’
Former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen will testify in a public congressional hearing on February 7 about his work for the president in the private sector and the crimes to which he pled guilty in November
Trump employed Cohen as his personal lawyer and fixer at the Trump Organization for years before he ran for president
Cohen entered a guilty plea in November to a charge of lying to Congress about a Trump Organization real estate project that was slated for Moscow, Russia and discussed through the fall of 2016 while the president was rnuning for office.
Discussions about a planned construction project were ultimately abandoned and no contract was signed.
Cohen was also the central figure in a plot to buy the silence of pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed that she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
Daniels signed a nondisclosure agreement in exchange for $130,000 from Cohen, a transaction that he admitted was a violation of campaign finance laws since it amounted to an illegally large contribution benefiting Trump’s White House hopes.
He also said in court that Trump directed him to make the payment, suggesting the president was guilty of a crime.
Dure to figure in the Feb. 7 hearing is the saga of pornographic actress Stormey Daniels, who accepted $130,000 from Cohen for her silence about what she claimed was a sexual affair with Trump in 2006
Cohen’s decision to testify marks the latest step in his transformation from a loyal Trump Tower foot soldier to a pragmatic felon who could become a threat to the president at the moment he’s preparing to surrender to authorities.
Trump blasted him in hours after he entered his guilty plea in court six weeks ago.
On the White House’s South Lawn, the president accused his former lawyer of lying to ‘get a reduced sentence.’
‘He’s a weak person and not a very smart person,’ Trump said Nov. 29.
Cohen said Thursday that his hearing testimony would be part ot ‘my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers.’
Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, a longtime Trump antagonist, will chair the hearing.