Cohen to offer new Russia details to Congress

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Published on February 27, 2019 - Duration: 02:14s

Cohen to offer new Russia details to Congress

U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen will tell lawmakers on Wednesday that Trump asked him several times about a proposed skyscraper project in Moscow long after he secured the Republican presidential nomination, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Nathan Frandino reports.

Cohen to offer new Russia details to Congress

In his marathon run on Capitol Hill this week, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen is sharing with lawmakers new details… including a claim that in 2016 Trump asked him SEVERAL TIMES about a proposed Trump skyscraper in Moscow, long after he secured the GOP nomination.

A source told Reuters Cohen, who faces 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felonies, will shed further light on his relationship with Trump during a 3-day grilling from Congress.

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 Committee, a moment of high drama some are comparing to white house counsel John Dean's testimony at the height of the Watergate scandal.

The source said Cohen also intends to give lawmakers "granular details" about Trump's hush-money payments to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, and information about a "money trail" after Trump became president.

In addition, the source said Cohen will offer new details on Trump's financial statements that "have never been produced before" relating to how Trump represented the values of his assets in financial transactions.

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 laws, tax laws AND examine his business practices and potential conflicts of interest.

ON Tuesday, in what some claimed was a case of witness tampering….

Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican and Trump ally, taunted Cohen on Twitter.

Gaetz tweeted, "Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends?

Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat." Gaetz later denied claims he was engaging in witness tampering.

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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