Trump derides 'fake' hearing, but says Cohen truthful on 'no collusion'

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Allegations are flying that Michael Cohen may have committed perjury during his explosive congressional testimony on Wednesday when he told lawmakers that he had never wanted a job in President Donald Trump's administration.

Cohen was one of Trump's closest advisers before he pleaded guilty to tax crimes, fraud, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations.

Cohen is scheduled to complete his testimony with the House Intelligence Committee on March 6.

Well, a Democratic aide familiar with committee chairman and Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-Calif.) plans tells us that the answer to this question lies in points three and four of the document Schiff recently released that details questions he hopes to answer with his planned Russian Federation investigation.

A manuscript from a book proposal authored by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen directly contradicts the testimony he gave before Congress on Wednesday.

The tabloid reported that Cohen sent the manuscript to several publishers previous year, in the weeks before the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his offices in April 2018, and the president said that "totally discredited" his former attorney's testimony, much of which was backed up by documents and other evidence.

In reality, prosecutors said, the invoices were meant to disguise the reason Cohen was being paid $35,000 in monthly installments - he was being reimbursed for facilitating the $130,000 hush-money payment to Daniels.

Allen Weisselberg is the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, giving him responsibility for all its finances.

Republicans seeking to discredit Cohen also seized Friday on a video clip that has recently resurfaced from a November 2016 appearance by Cohen on CNN.

"What they're doing is affecting the public, so it should be out in front of everyone so everyone knows what's going on", said Mike McQuerry, a senior aide for Oversight Committee Rep.

A separate controversy emerged after Rep. Mark Meadows brought out a black woman who worked for the Trump family as proof that Trump isn't racist. They want to know more, too, about whether any foreign actors have financial leverage over the president, the people said. Testifying before the House Oversight Committee, Cohen levelled a broad attack against the president's character. The next cheque, dated in August 2017, came from the President's personal account and was signed by Mr Trump. Cohen has said that he discussed the proposed development with Trump and his family members well into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Jordan and Meadows called Cohen's testimony "a spectacular and brazen attempt to knowing [sic] and willfully testify falsely and fictitiously to numerous material facts", alleging that the false statements were "designed to make himself look better on a national stage".

Cohen said he had no direct evidence that Trump or his campaign colluded with Moscow during the election campaign, but that he had suspicions that something untoward had occurred.

At Wednesday's hearing, Cohen said Trump never explicitly told him to lie to Congress about the Moscow skyscraper negotiations.

This week, Cohen appeared in closed sessions before the Senate and House intelligence committees and on Wednesday in a public meeting of the House Oversight Committee.

In other tweets Friday, Trump suggested Democrats were using Cohen to investigate his business dealings and finances because a two-year investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign "has fallen apart". He likened the president to a "mobster" who demanded blind loyalty from underlings and expected them to lie on his behalf. Even if the money went to his charity, experts say, the money would count as "income" to Mr Trump because he directed where it went.

"I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore", he added. "I will not sit back, say nothing and allow him to do the same to the country".

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