Former Trump attorney and campaign advisor Michael Cohen sat before Congress today to testify about his involvement in illicit acts with the Trump administration.
In April of last year, federal agents served a warrant at Cohen’s home, seizing several boxes worth of legal documents, records, and files.
Investigators specifically dug into records of Cohen’s past involvement in alleged “hush money” paid to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels.
Cohen was later convicted of perjury before Congress after investigators concluded that his original testimony on the Daniels affair was untruthful.
Cohen was later scheduled to testify before Congress in February, but the testimony was delayed following claims by Cohen that he felt threatened by Trump and his associates.
Speaking before Congress today, Cohen claimed that “I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience.”
When asked if he was aware of any direct communication between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Cohen claimed that he was uncertain, but that he recalled an incident in which Donald Trump Jr. entered Trump’s office to discuss an unusual matter, which Cohen believes to have been in relation to the secret meeting with Russian insiders that allegedly took place during the 2016 campaign.
Speaking on Twitter today, Trump claimed that “Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!”
Stay with Temple Update for any developments on the Cohen conviction and Russia probe as they develop.