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Cohen to Level Serious Charge Against Trump

He's expected to tell Congress his former boss engaged in criminal conduct as president
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2019 9:10 AM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2019 12:18 PM CST
In this Feb. 21, 2019, photo Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, leaves Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Trump is in Vietnam this week, but it's a safe bet he'll be keeping a close eye on Michael Cohen's testimony before Congress. The stakes? It "could be the most damaging for a president since former White House Counsel John Dean helped bring down Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal," writes Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times. Cohen is behind closed doors Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the big day comes Wednesday, when Cohen testifies in a public session before the House Oversight panel. He's back behind closed doors again Thursday with the House Oversight Committee. A look at advance coverage:

  • Criminal conduct: Cohen on Wednesday is expected to allege for the first time publicly that Trump engaged in criminal conduct after becoming president, reports the Wall Street Journal. The allegations revolve around hush-money payments Cohen made to Stormy Daniels as Trump's attorney. The payments themselves were made in 2016, but Cohen was reimbursed after the election. Trump also has faced questions about whether he talked about trying to conceal those payments after they were made public in 2018.

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