Cohen To Testify That Trump Engaged in Criminal Conduct While in Office
Cohen will provide members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee with 'evidence'
The former personal attorney for Donald Trump Michael Cohen is set to testify that the President 'engaged in criminal conduct' while in office, according to reports.
Cohen will provide members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee with alleged evidence that Trump engaged in criminal actions regarding the hush-money payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels.
But the source familiar with Cohen's planned testimony would not reveal the details of the allegations, other than they were related to Daniel's payment, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In a separate report from The New York Times, Cohen will describe in "granular detail" the plan to pay Daniels and that he would provide documentation to supplement his claims.
Last year, FBI agents raided the offices of Cohen.
Cohen blamed Trump saying he directed him to pay off two women who claimed to have had affairs with the president to stop it influencing the 2016 US election.
But Cohen pleaded guilty to paying Daniels and one other woman during the 2016 campaign last year.
He claims he violated campaign finance law at Trump's direction.
Trump has previously insisted the transaction did not violate campaign finance laws.
Cohen will reportedly present some of Trump's financial statements before testifying that the president inflated or deflated his personal worth for business purposes.
He will also testify that the president allegedly made racist remarks.
I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called “advice of counsel,” and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018
But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slammed Cohen in a statement, calling him a "disgraced felon" who will go to prison for lying to Congress.
"Sadly, he will go before Congress this week, and we can expect more of the same," Sanders said.
"It’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies.”
Cohen was sentenced to serve three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to campaign finance law violations, tax fraud, bank fraud and lying to Congress about the time frame for negotiations for a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Trump has since described Cohen as a "rat" and a "weak person," insisting he lied tied obtain a softer prison sentence.
"I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law," Trump tweeted after Cohen's sentencing.
"He was a lawyer, and he is supposed to know the law. It is called 'advice of counsel,' and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid."
Last month, Cohen, announced he was postponing his testimony before a House committee, citing through his lawyer "ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and [Rudy] Giuliani."