Michael Cohen Will Testify That Trump Is ‘Racist’ And A ‘Con Man’
Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, will reportedly testify before Congress today that Trump is a “racist,” “con man” and “cheat” who engaged in criminal conduct during both the 2016 presidential campaign and his presidency.
Outlets including The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and NBC News obtained a draft copy of the 20-page opening statement he plans to read before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
As People reports, among the allegations Michael will make is a new claim that Trump was aware his longtime advisor Roger Stone was in communication with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the release of hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 election that would be damaging to opponent Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
But that’s not all. He’ll also apparently say he witnessed a call between Trump and Roger discussing the whole thing: “I was in Mr. Trump’s office when his secretary announced that Roger Stone was on the phone,” Michael will say, according to NBC News.
“Mr. Trump put Mr. Stone on the speakerphone. Mr. Stone told Mr. Trump that he had just gotten off the phone with [WikiLeaks founder] 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.’”
This would be the first time anyone has said Trump had direct knowledge of the WikiLeakes dump, which came on the eve of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It’s also the first time anyone has directly connected Roger Stone and Julian Assange.
Of course, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice over his ties to Russia, and has indicted Roger on charges of obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering.
Roger has denied all claims.