Trump's Ex-Lawyer Cohen Testifies Again, This Time Behind Closed Doors

Donald Trump says Michael Cohen testified there was no collusion — he did not say that

Michael Cohen, a lawyer who worked for Donald Trump for some 10 years, long before his boss came to the White House, gave testimony this week to the House Oversight Committee.

Cohen, who has already admitted to paying off adult entertainer Stormy Daniels to keep quiet during the presidential campaign, brought some "receipts" in the form of signed checks by the president - and even his son Donald Trump Jr. - to demonstrate Trump's own complicity in the action.

Cohen told reporters, "I'm committed to telling the truth and I'll be back on March 6 to finish up".

Adam Schiff, California Democrat, called Thursday's interview with Cohen, "very productive", saying it "shed light" on the Russian Federation probe, but offered up scant details.

The committee on Wednesday became the first congressional panel this year to hold a public hearing involving a key player in the issues surrounding Trump, his former longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

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While it is not clear what precisely was discussed, Trump's pardon power - and how he has attempted to wield it - has been an area of interest for lawmakers and investigators exploring obstruction of justice allegations involving the president.

Cohen provided a second cheque, saying he believed its signatures were Donald Trump Jr.'s and Weisselberg's. He also served as treasurer of the Trump Foundation, and he managed the Trump family's household expenses at times as well. And he said he was left with the unmistakable impression Trump wanted him to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate project, though the president never directly told him so. Here's an example: "Nine years ago, a lawyer representing Trump Atlantic City casino creditors says he got threatening phone calls".

Some of the most damaging disclosures may relate to Trump's financial information.

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While they have worked in a collaborative way, Burr has said he has not yet seen "anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russian Federation".

In one important respect Cohen's testimony was helpful to President Trump.

Jordan and Meadows called Cohen's testimony "a spectacular and brazen attempt to knowing [sic] and willfully testify falsely and fictitiously to numerous material facts", alleging that the false statements were "designed to make himself look better on a national stage".

But on Wednesday, Cohen said he is hoping through his continued cooperation to persuade prosecutors to file a so-called Rule 35 motion, an unusual court filing in which prosecutors ask a judge to reduce someone's sentence for providing "substantial assistance" in a criminal investigation. Democrats have said they can "walk and chew gum at the same time" by investigating charges of corruption in Trump's administration and business history while also working on bipartisan bills in a divided government.

Among the instances they cite was Cohen's contention that he did not seek employment in the White House after Trump was elected.

FILE - In this April 16, 2018 file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks outside federal court in NY.

This article describes a series of menacing statements, allegedly made at the behest of Trump (most of which had nothing to do with Cohen), that were reported in different publications.

That's the main question of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which Trump has repeatedly labelled a "witch-hunt".

"He could have gone all out", Trump said of Cohen.