Cohen to begin whirlwind Capitol Hill tour

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Published on February 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:34s

Cohen to begin whirlwind Capitol Hill tour

President Donald Trump's convicted former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, will testify on Capitol Hill this week.

Nathan Frandino has more on his back-to-back-to-back meetings with lawmakers.


Cohen to begin whirlwind Capitol Hill tour

As he awaits prison, President Donald Trump's convicted former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, will be all over Capitol Hill this week.

Beginning on Tuesday, Cohen starts a 3-day grilling from lawmakers on what he knows about Trump's maneuvers, before and after he won the White House.

Much of that testimony will be private, but the MAIN EVENT will come on Wednesday when Cohen will appear for the FIRST TIME at an open, PUBLIC HEARING, before the powerful House Oversight Committeeโ€ฆ a moment of high drama some are comparing to White House counsel John Dean's testimony at the height of the Watergate scandal.

Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress, among other offenses, and was ordered to serve three years, starting in May.

Democratic Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings has laid out the scope for Wednesday's centerpiece hearing.

It will not dwell on Russia, since special counsel Robert Mueller's probe is still ongoing, but it WILL include Trump's compliance with campaign finance and tax laws AND examine his business practices and potential conflicts of interest.

But first, Cohen on Tuesday will go behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Then on Thursday, he will cap his Hill visit with a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing, offering Cohen a chance to correct misstatements about a proposed Trump Organization skyscraper in Moscow.

Cohen's guilty plea last year stemmed from Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow.

Trump has denied collusion, calling the probe a witch hunt.

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