Cohen 'Lied About So Many Things,' 'But He Said No Collusion'

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The president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump's family members in multiple crimes in his public testimony on Wednesday.

Cohen testified on Wednesday, calling Trump a "conman" who knew in advance about the release of stolen emails aimed at hurting his Democratic rival in the 2016 election campaign.

Still, Trump was apparently pleased with Cohen's answer to that question.

Cohen's guilty plea previous year implicated Trump in two federal crimes, alleging that then-presidential candidate directed Cohen to make the payments to keep the extramarital affair allegations silent in the days before the 2016 election.

Earlier in his almost five hours before the committee, Cohen also said he didn't know if the president's tax returns were being audited, which is the reason Trump gave for not releasing them during the 2016 campaign even though other presidential contenders have released such information. It's also the day he was originally ordered to report to prison, before a federal judge delayed his sentence so he could provide testimony to the Democrat-controlled House.

Sater, a Russian-born former Mafia informant and stock fraud scheme convict, was a business adviser to Trump off-and-on for several years.

"Being around Mr Trump was intoxicating", Cohen said. Cohen vehemently denied this accusation, saying the he had been "offered jobs", but "did not want to go to the White House".

This could include US President Donald Trump's son, Donald Jr, as well as former Trump CFO Allen Weissleberg.

"Was there something odd about the back-and-forth with President Putin?" Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have said no such agreement existed.

On Nov. 29, 2018, Trump said that he "wasn't trying to hide anything". "That's in line with Trump's predictions to New York City, which is that he expected to make a profit, after taxes, of less than $500,000 annually". Cohen made a secret recording of Trump talking about how he wanted to buy the story from the media company to make sure it remained secret. One, dated March 17, 2017, came from a trust account Mr Trump had set up.

The onetime lawyer, who has been disbarred, said Trump directed him to lie about hush payments made to a porn actress to silence her claims of a 2006 affair with the real estate tycoon. He said the president arranged to reimburse Cohen, and Cohen brought to the hearing a check that he said was proof of the transaction. For example, Trump said in a July 27, 2016 interview: "I have nothing to do with Russian Federation".

"I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore", he said.

"He doesn't give you orders; he speaks in code", Cohen testified. He is not now cooperating with prosecutors, and it's unclear whether he will accept the House Intelligence Committee's request to testify.

He expressed regret over working with Trump for the past ten years and said he had nothing to gain from his testimony.

Weisselberg, the Trump Organization CFO, is widely known to be the gatekeeper to Trump's finances.

"What does Hillary Clinton's lawyer, Lanny Davis, say about this one". He'd typically pump up his claims, according to the testimony, to make himself look wealthier or to improve his position in Forbes magazine's rankings of the wealthiest Americans. "Mr Cohen testified truthfully before the House Oversight Committee...."

Ronald Fischetti, a veteran criminal defence lawyer in NY, said Cohen could get a reduced prison term if prosecutors deem he has provided substantial help in their investigations.