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Explosive Michael Cohen Testimony Released

He calls Trump 'racist,' 'conman'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2019 2:25 AM CST
Michael Cohen, center, President Trump's former lawyer, ignores shouted questions as he departs after testifying before a closed door hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Tuesday,...   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – President Trump is in Vietnam—and he is not going to have a good morning after he sees the explosive testimony Michael Cohen is going to deliver to the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer for more than a decade, describes his former boss as a racist, a conman, and a cheat in prepared remarks released to the New York Times. In his opening statement, Cohen also describes Trump as a "presidential candidate who knew that Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of Democratic National Committee emails." He says in July 2016, he overheard Stone tell Trump he had heard from Assange that there would soon be a big email dump that would damage Hillary Clinton, and Trump responded: "Wouldn't that be great." Other highlights:

  • Regrets, he has a lot. Cohen says he is deeply ashamed of his "weakness and misplaced loyalty" and of "concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience." "I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is," he says. "He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat."

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