The former onetime lawyer of President Trump, Michael Cohen is scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Ahead of his public testimony the now disbarred attorney, via USA Today reporter Brad Heath’s Twitter, testified on Tuesday behind a closed door session with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Vice Chair of the Committee Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) spoke to reporters after the testimony, he did not comment on what was discussed:
After his testimony Cohen told gathered reporters he was looking forward to his publicly testimony on Wednesday.
Tuesday evening Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, took to Twitter to witness
tamper test Cohen, in a tweet that even had CrimeADay, weighing-in, it has now been deleted.
Former Federal Prosecutor and now CNN Legal Analyst, Renato Mariotti via tweet explained:
Gaetz explained that he was witness testing, to which Mariotti replied:
Criminal Defense attorney @Popehat, sent a series of tweets asking if Gaetz had a defense counsel…
He explains in his tweet thread that there are “a whole bunch of obstruction statutes,” that Gaetz might have violated with his tweet.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement via Twitter:
One of Cohen’s attorney’s Lanny Davis also weighed-in via tweet:
Gaetz explained in a follow-up tweet that his intent was not to threaten Cohen.
Chairman for the Oversight Committee Elijah (D-MD) set the scope for Wednesday’s hearing:
After the witness
tampering testing, Politico published Cohen’s opening statement to the committee members, in the statement, that was obtained by Politico, Cohen calls President Trump, a racist, a conman, and a cheat.
He explains that he will provide the committee with exhibits including a check for $35,000 that Cohen says was “personally signed from his personal bank account on August 1, 2017 – when he was President of the United States – pursuant to the cover-up, which was the basis of my guilty plea, to reimburse me – the word used by Mr. Trump’s TV lawyer — for the illegal hush money I paid on his behalf.”
Cohen goes on to explain that he does not have “direct evidence,” that President Trump or his campaign “colluded with Russia,” he says “he has suspicions,” in regards to whether or not President Trump was aware of the Trump Tower meeting attended by his son, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, and his campaign Chairman Paul Manafort.
According to Cohen, “Don Jr. would never set up any meeting of any significance alone – and certainly not without checking with his father,” he adds, “nothing went on in Trump world, especially the campaign, without Mr. Trump’s knowledge and approval.”
After his public testimony Cohen is expected on Thursday to testify before the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors.
As a reminder Cohen is due to report to prison on May 6th.