Cohen draws a "racist" and "swindler" Trump before a divided Congress

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  • Thu, 02/28/2019 - 14:28
Michael Cohen
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Alex Segura Lozano

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer of the president Donald Trump today accused the president of being "racist", "swindler" and a "fraud", before a Congress divided between the republican attacks on the lawyer and the impetus of the Democrats to incriminate the tenant of the White House.

"He is a racist, he is a fraudster, he is a fraud", Cohen said at the beginning of his testimony in the Committee of Oversight and Reform of the Lower House, televised by all the channels of the country and in which he told numerous lies and crimes that supposedly committed to protect Trump.

Cohen, who will be imprisoned in May to serve the three-year sentence he received in December for his role during the 2016 election campaign, testified today before that committee in the public appearance of the three he will make this week in Congress.

Among other issues, Cohen said on Wednesday that Trump knew that one of his collaborators was in contact with WikiLeaks for the publication of thousands of emails from the Democratic Party, which affected the campaign of his rival in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton.

Trump "was a presidential candidate who knew that (his collaborator) Roger Stone was talking to (Wikileaks founder) Julian Assange about a leak of Wikileaks from the emails of the Democratic National Committee", he said.

Cohen alleged that, days before the 2016 Democratic convention, he was in Trump's office when his secretary announced that Roger Stone was on the phone. "Trump put Stone on speaker, Stone told Trump that he had just spoken with Julian Assange".

In that conversation, Assange informed Stone that in a couple of days he would filter emails that "would harm the Hillary Clinton campaign", to which Trump would have responded: "Would not it be great?"

This hypothetical episode exposed by Cohen under oath in the Congress would demonstrate that Trump had to do with the massive filtration of electronic mails and documents, a situation that could cause problems to the president.

However, the Republican congressmen insisted, both actively and passively, on discrediting Cohen, whom they described as a "false witness", recalling that the lawyer already lied in his previous appearance in Congress, in that case in the Senate.

"You're a pathological liar!", Republican Paul Gosar, representative for Arizona's District 4, shouted at him.

Before the critics and the attacks of the republican bench to his credibility, Cohen wanted to be "comprehensive" and he assured to understand the position of the legislators.

"I did the same thing that you are doing now for ten years, I protected Mr. Trump for ten years, the only thing I can do is warn people", he argued.

On the other hand, the democrats tried without success that Cohen incriminate to Trump with some unknown fact until the moment.

"Is there any other illegal act that you have knowledge about Trump that we have not yet discussed today?", asked Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi.

"Yes, but they are part of the investigation that is currently being examined by the (District Court) of the Southern District of New York", Cohen replied, without giving further details.

What the lawyer did detail were racist comments that Trump made in private in front of him.

"One day we were driving through a slum in Chicago and he said that only black people could live that way, he also told me that black people would never vote for him because they are too stupid", recalled Cohen, who will be admitted on May 6 in prison for, according to him, "protect" Trump.



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