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Michael Cohen Disbarred While Testifying Before Senate

President Trump's ex-lawyer wrapped first day of testimony after 9 hours behind closed doors
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2019 6:52 PM CST
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, arrives to testify before a closed door hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – President Trump's ex-lawyer is now an ex-lawyer. Michael Cohen was officially disbarred on Tuesday while he was in Washington giving closed-door testimony to the Senate intelligence committee, the AP reports. A New York court ruled that Cohen's guilty plea last November automatically stripped him of his eligibility to practice law. A spokeswoman for Cohen did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to the House and Senate intelligence committees and to campaign finance violations for his involvement in payments to a former Playboy model and adult film actress who allege they had affairs with Trump. Cohen is due to start a three-year prison sentence in May.

Cohen later left the Senate intelligence committee's offices after more than nine hours behind closed doors. Cohen said after leaving the interview that he appreciates the opportunity to "clear the record and tell the truth." He says he is looking forward to testifying at the House Oversight and Reform Committee Wednesday so he can "tell the American people my story," and adds that he is "going to let the American people decide exactly who is telling the truth." (Cohen's testimony against Trump Wednesday is expected to be damning.)


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