Trump accuses ex-lawyer of perjury, citing unpublished book

Trump accuses ex-lawyer of perjury, citing unpublished book

Cohen was interviewed behind closed doors Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee for more than eight hours, the last of his three appearances before Congress this week.

Cohen broke with Trump a year ago and pleaded guilty to charges including that he lied to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russian Federation and made prohibited campaign contributions in the form of payments to two women who say they had affairs with Trump.

He will return to the House intelligence committee March 6 for more questioning.

U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was "fully cooperative" during closed-door testimony before a congressional committee investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election, the panel's chairman said Thursday.

Cummings said the committee may try to get the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., and his former accountant, Allen Weisselberg, to testify in light to Cohen's statements. According to Cohen, Trump made it clear what narrative he hoped the country would hear and that that's what he wanted to hear from Cohen; apparently this approach is a common tactic in mobster settings to avoid direct instructions.

Cohen said Howard, the executive editor of the Enquirer, was personally involved in co-ordinating "catch-and-kill" payments to two women who said they had affairs with Trump.

"We would provide them with these copies so they would understand that the premium, which is based sometimes upon the individual's capabilities to pay, would be reduced", Cohen said.

"If there were names that were mentioned, or records that were mentioned during the hearing we are going to take a look at all of that".

"This has obviously been an excruciating time for him", Schiff said.

Cohen described a widespread culture of lying around Trump, as he sought to explain why he stayed by the president's side for so long. Tweeted Scott, "Michael Cohen, BEGGED me REPEATEDLY, to ask the POTUS to give him a job in the Administration!"

Separately, Cohen's claim he was present for a phone call Stone held with the president on WikiLeaks' plans could implicate Trump as part of a conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election by hacking his opponents, a criminal plot for which he would have been an intended beneficiary.

"Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday testimony", Trump wrote.

In his opening statement, Cohen told the panel: 'As previously stated, I'm giving the Committee today three years of President Trump's financial statements, from 2011-2013, which he gave to Deutsche Bank to inquire about a loan to buy the Buffalo Bills and to Forbes [magazine]. Jim Jordan of OH and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, sent a referral to the Justice Department alleging Cohen lied in his testimony.

The weeklong gauntlet of interviews with Cohen launched what is expected to be months of investigations of Trump and those connected to him. He called himself a "fool", warned lawmakers of the perils of blind loyalty to a leader undeserving of it and pronounced himself ashamed of what he had done to protect Trump.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff also revealed that Felix Sater, a Russian-born real estate developer who claims strong connections to the Kremlin, and who reportedly pitched the Moscow Trump Tower project to Trump's team, will testify before the committee on March 14.

"He said there was no collusion and I was a little impressed by that, frankly, he only went about 95 per cent instead of 100 per cent".

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