In explosive hours-long public testimony on Capitol Hill, Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, accused the president of a pattern of criminality and deception, calling him a "conman" who couldn't be trusted.
"He is a racist. He is a con man. He is a cheat," Cohen said in his opening statement Wednesday.
In an often tense House Oversight Committee hearing that lasted seven hours, Cohen said the president directed him to lie about illegal payments to silence women who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with Mr. Trump. Cohen also accused the president of inflating the value of his properties, lying about business ventures in Russia and knowing about a trove of hacked Democratic emails ahead of their release by WikiLeaks in 2016.
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Although Democrats were eager to press Cohen to divulge information implicating the president in unethical behavior and even crimes, Republicans repeatedly cast doubt on his credibility, pointing out he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and will being serving a 3-year federal prison sentence in just weeks.
Cohen's testimony came as Washington prepares for a final report from special counsel Robert Mueller's nearly 2-year-old investigation into Russian interference in U.S. elections and possible coordination between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.
The irony of Cohen testifying two months before he reports to prison for lying to Congress was not lost on lawmakers. "I've made it abundantly clear to Mr. Cohen if he comes here today, and he does not tell the truth, I will be the first to refer those untruthful statements to the DOJ," Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, said when opening the hearing.
Here are the most noteworthy moments from the hearing, as they happened:
Closing hearing, Cummings says, "We're better than this"
5:21 p.m.: "We're better than this," chairman Cummings told his fellow committee members.
In an impassioned speech to end the often tense hearing, Cummings refuted the false accusation by ranking member Jordan and other Republicans that this was the committee's first hearing. He noted that the committee had already held hearings on the price of prescription drugs and corruption, and stressed that members could address multiple issues.
"We have got to get back to normal," he said before hitting the gavel.
Cohen: If Trump loses in 2020, "there will never be a peaceful transition of power"
5:11 p.m.: In his concluding remarks, Cohen denounced the president's policies and style of governance, stressing that he's not sure Mr. Trump will easily give up the White House if his reelection bid in 2020 is thwarted.
"I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power," Cohen told lawmakers.
Tlaib and Meadows spar over race
5:02 p.m.: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, criticized Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, a staunch White House ally, for inviting Lynne Patton, an African American Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official, to the hearing to vouch for the president's character as it relates to race.
"The fact someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself," she said.
Meadows, visibly angered, asked chairman Cummings to put Tlaib remarks on the record. After a tense back-and-forth, Tlaib apologized if her comments offended Meadows. She stressed she was not calling the Republican congressman a racist, but said his action was, in her opinion, racist.
Rep asks Cohen if Trump can be considered a racist. "Yes," he replied
4:55 p.m.: Rep. Ayanna Pressley, one of the new progressive Members of Congress, asked Cohen if Mr. Trump -- who she noted has been accused of perpetrating housing discrimination on the basis of race as a landlord and calling some African nations "sh**hole countries" while in White House -- could be considered a racist even if he had an African American friend.
"Yes," Cohen replied.
"I agree," Pressley responded.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez asks about reports Trump deflated value of properties
4:50 p.m. Progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, asked Cohen if he was aware of Mr. Trump deflating the value of one of his golf courses in Florida to try to reduce his tax bills.
"It's identical to what he did at Trump National Golf Club and at Briarcliff Manor," Cohen replied.
Democratic rep presses Cohen on Trump's tax returns
4:40 p.m. Democratic Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California pressed Cohen on the president's tax returns and his controversial decision to not release them. The Congressman asked Cohen if the president ever detailed the reasoning behind his refusal to not release his tax returns.
Cohen said Mr. Trump told him that he did not want think tanks and tax experts to scrutinize his finances. According to Cohen, the president believed it would ultimately lead to tax penalties.
Mr. Trump has long refused to release his tax returns, citing a claim that he's under audit. Pressed by Gomez, Cohen said he never obtained confirmation that Mr. Trump was under audit, despite asking for it.
Trump's 2020 campaign blasts Cohen's "worthless" testimony
3:29 p.m. Calling Cohen a "felon," "disbarred lawyer" and "convicted perjurer," Kayleigh McEnany, a spokesperson for the president's 2020 reelection campaign, cast doubt on the credibility of Cohen's testimony -- which she said "has proven before to be worthless."
"This is the same Michael Cohen who has admitted that he lied to Congress previously," McEnany added. "Why did they even bother to swear him in this time?"
Pelosi: "I haven't seen one word" of Cohen's testimony
3:01 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has not watched the first hours of Cohen's testimony before Members of Congress.
"I haven't seen one word of it," she told CBS News Capitol Hill producer Bo Erickson.
Cohen said he was previously a Democrat
2:29 p.m. Asked by Rep. Stacey Plaskett, the non-voting delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, about his time as vice chair of the RNC finance committee, Cohen confessed he was previously a Democrat.
Cohen said he switched parties after casino magnate and former RNC chair Steve Wynn found out he was a Democrat.
"It wasn't right for a Democrat to be the vice chair," he told lawmakers.
Cohen says he lied to Melania Trump about hush payments at Trump's direction
2:23 p.m.: Cohen testified he lied to Melania Trump about Mr. Trump's knowledge of the hush payments made to women alleging affairs with Mr. Trump, at the direction of Mr. Trump.
Cohen testifies Trump Tower Moscow deal stopped because Trump won
2:16 p.m.: Cohen was asked why the Trump Tower Moscow deal came to a halt. Cohen claimed it's because Mr. Trump won.
Cohen says he'll pursue a book deal
1:58 p.m. Cohen was asked by Republican Rep. Carol Miller whether he plans to pursue a book deal in the future about his experiences.
"Yes," Cohen responded simply.
Cohen says he doesn't believe Trump has a love child
Cohen answered a series of questions from Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier -- including whether Mr. Trump has a love child. Cohen said he doesn't believe the president has a love child. Cohen also said he doesn't believe Mr. Trump ever struck Melania Trump.
Cohen: "I've never been to Prague"
1:45 p.m. Finally, nearly three hours into his testimony, Cohen answered a long-awaited question of whether he has ever been to Prague.
"I've never been to Prague," Cohen said.
One of the central claims in the so-called "Steele dossier" was the allegation that Cohen traveled to Prague to meet with Russian operatives in August or September 2016. Cohen has denied ever traveling to the European capital.
WikiLeaks says Julian Assange never had phone call with Roger Stone
1:09 p.m. In response to Cohen's testimony about its founder Julian Assange, WikiLeaks denied Assange had ever spoken to Roger Stone in a phone call:
Cohen can't answer what Trump fears most
1:15 p.m. Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican, asked Cohen what Mr. Trump fears most.
Cohen paused for a long moment, before responding that he can't answer that question.
Cohen says Trump attorney made changes to his testimony
1:06 p.m. Cohen testified that changes were being made to his testimony until late in the night. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow made some changes to the testimony, Cohen claimed.
Cohen claimed changes related to the length and timing of the Trump Tower Moscow project.
Cohen says SDNY is investigating other matters
12:48 p.m.: Cohen said he handled important personal legal matters of Mr. Trump's when serving as his counsel.
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi asked about the non-disclosure agreements Cohen helped facilitate for Mr. Trump. Citing the campaign staffer who recently filed a lawsuit against the president, Cohen testified the NDAs would keep people silent: "That was the goal," Cohen said.
Cohen was unaware if anyone is prevented from speaking up about the president because of NDA's that are being used against them.
Cohen asked about any illegal act by Mr. Trump and noted that those are being investigated by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.
Asked about the last time he and Mr. Trump spoke, Cohen said he couldn't elaborate.
"Unfortunately, this topic is actually something that's being investigated right now by the Southern District of New York and I've been asked by them not to talk about these issues," Cohen said.
Asked if there are any other illegal acts or wrongdoings federal prosecutors are investigating, Cohen responded, "Yes."
Graham says Trump "upset" with "dueling" coverage
12:42 p.m.: Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters he spoke with Mr. Trump Tuesday night and the president brought up Cohen.
"I talked to him last night ... about North Korea ... He mentioned, I think, he was upset he was going to have dueling shows here. It did bother him that there's going to be a split screen between Michael Cohen and him meeting with Kim Jong Un. And I said well that's just the world we live," Graham recounted.
He described the timing of the Cohen hearing coinciding with the North Korea summit as "poor form."
Graham dismissed the allegation Mr. Trump knew about the WikiLeaks emails in advance, saying, "That's not collusion, the bottom line is Stone was telling the whole world watch for this stuff."
He also minimized the campaign finance violation allegations: "I think you have to prove it was the exclusive reason somebody made a payment, I don't know how many payments Trump has made to women in the past but I think this is not the first time he's done this."
Reporting by Alan He
Cohen calls out lawmakers for not asking about Trump
12:30 p.m.: "Between yourself and your colleagues, no question since I have been here has been asked about President Trump. That's actually why I was coming today -- not to confess the mistakes I've made. I've already done that," Cohen told Jordan, appearing to criticize Republicans' line of questioning at Wednesday's hearing.
He added, "The American people don't care about my taxes. They want to know what I know [about Trump]."
Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia appeared to side with Cohen, saying the argument Republicans are using to question Cohen would make convictions of organized crime "null and void."
Hearing resumes with questions on Cohen book deal
12:25 p.m.: Rep. Virginia Foxx noted the lies Cohen pleaded guilty to, asking if Wednesday's testimony is a way to keep himself in the spotlight, Cohen responded, "No, ma'am."
Cohen said he has spoken to people about a book or movie deal and wouldn't commit pursuing such a deal in the future. He also said he wouldn't commit to not working for TV networks or running for office in New York state.
Committee takes a break
12:15 p.m.: More than two hours into the hearing, Cohen requested a break. The chairman agreed. The break lasts 10 minutes.
Cohen and Meadows have testy exchange
11:59 a.m.: Cohen and Trump ally Rep. Mark Meadows got into a heated exchange, in which Cohen said he is a nice guy, and Meadows said the record speaks differently.
Cohen: "Shame on you, Mr. Jordan"
11:30 a.m. Jordan claimed Cohen is showing no remorse for his actions.
Cohen took issue with that claim.
"Shame on you, Mr. Jordan," the president's former lawyer said, a highly unusual statement from a witness to a member of Congress.
Cohen says he's spoken to the special counsel seven times
During his testimony, Cohen said he has spoken with the special counsel seven times.
Trump sons weigh in on Cohen claims
11:17 a.m.: President Trump's sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric, weighed in on Cohen's claims that he never wanted to work in the White House, slamming his testimony as untrue.
"Michael was lobbying EVERYONE to be 'Chief of Staff.' It was the biggest joke in the campaign and around the office. Did he just perjure himself again?" Eric wondered on Twitter.
Trump Jr. echoed his brother, tweeting, "Michael Cohen begged to work at the White House and everyone knows it." He added that it was the "biggest joke of the entire transition. The beginning of his bitterness was when he realized that was never going to happen."
Cohen suggests Trump family conflicted by foreign adversaries before campaign
11:13 a.m: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz asked Cohen if there was reason to believe that the entire Trump family was conflicted by or compromised with a foreign adversary months before the 2016 election, Cohen replied, "Yes."
Wasserman Schultz, who was head of the DNC at the time of its hacking, pressed Cohen on the WikiLeaks email dumps. Cohen testified that the president had "advanced notice" about the dump of emails.
Wasserman Schultz later said that the Trump campaign appeared to be "filthy with Russian contact" throughout the majority of the race. Asked if Mr. Trump was "fully aware and had every intent of working with Russia to help make sure he could win the presidency at all costs," Cohen replied that "Mr. Trump's desire to win would have him work with anyone."
Jordan presses Cohen on pattern of lies
11:05 a.m.: "Did you lie to protect the president or did you lie to protect yourself?" Rep. Jim Jordan pressed Cohen, suggesting he had a history of lying repeatedly, bringing up his past financial crimes against him.
Jordan brought up a "Women for Michael Cohen" Twitter account that said Cohen is "handsome" and "sexy" as an example.
"That was not done to protect the president," Cohen said, claiming he didn't create the account.
"We were having fun during a stressful time."
Cohen compares Trump to "mobster" for attacks
10:57 a.m.:"I never imagined that he would engage in vicious, false attacks on my family -- and unleash his TV-lawyer to do the same. I hope this committee and all members of Congress on both sides of the aisle will make it clear: As a nation, we should not tolerate attempts to intimidate witnesses before Congress and attacks on family are out of bounds and not acceptable," said Cohen.
Cohen made those remarks as Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, stood on the side of the hearing room watching as Cohen delivered his remarks. Gaetz, who isn't on the House Oversight Committee, deleted his controversial tweet about Cohen last night -- which many saw as threatening -- and apologized.
Cohen says he wouldn't accept a pardon
10:51 a.m.: "I have lied but I am not a liar ... I have fixed things, but I am no longer your fixer, Mr. Trump," Cohen testified.
He went on to say he is going to jail, but is not trying to get a pardon and wouldn't accept one from the president even if offered.
Cohen says he has "suspicions" Trump campaign colluded with Russia
10:49 a.m.: "Questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia. I do not. I want to be clear. But I have my suspicions," Cohen said.
Cohen told lawmakers he remembered Donald Trump Jr. informing his father that a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower had been arranged involving members of the Trump campaign and a representative of the Russian government to potentially discuss "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. He said the interaction between son and father struck him as odd as Mr. Trump had "frequently told me and others that his son Don Jr. had the worst judgement of anyone in the world."
Cohen added that "nothing went on in Trump world, especially the campaign, without Mr. Trump's knowledge and approval."
Cohen says Trump lied about bone spur medical deferment from draft
10:48 a.m.: Cohen said that when asked for medical records to back up the president's claims on the campaign trail that he suffered from a bone spur, leading to a medical deferment from the Vietnam draft, "he gave me non and said there was no surgery."
Cohen said Mr. Trump had told him not to answer any specific questions from reporters. "He finished the conversation with the following comment. 'You think I'm stupid? I'm not going to Vietnam,'" Cohen recalled.
The former attorney said it was "ironic" that Mr. Trump now finds himself in Vietnam conducting a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Cohen details Trump’s disparaging comments about African Americans
10:39 a.m.: Cohen notes the president has been accused of courting white supremacists, but he claims the reality is "worse."
"He once asked me if I could name a country run by a black person that wasn't a 'sh**hole.' This was when Barack Obama was president of the United States," Cohen said. "While we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way. And, he told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid."
Roger Stone says Cohen's statements are "not true"
10:33 a.m.: In response to Cohen's claim that he witnessed a call between then-candidate Trump and Roger Stone in which Stone disclosed there would be "a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton," Stone said in a statement to CBS News, "Mr. Cohen's statement is not true."
The statement, however, appears to be a clear violation of Stone's newly imposed gag order.
Reporting by Julia Kimani Burnham and Paula Reid
Cohen says he lied to Congress because he was “protecting” Trump
10:30 a.m.: Cohen testified he lied to Congress about Mr. Trump's involvement in the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations, saying the president was aware of them well into the 2016 presidential campaign, and directed negotiations.
"Mr. Trump knew of and directed the Trump Moscow negotiations throughout the campaign and lied about it," Cohen said. "He lied about it because he never expected to win the election. He also lied about it because he stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars on the Moscow real estate project. And so I lied about it, too -- because Mr. Trump had made clear to me, through his personal statements to me that we both knew were false and through his lies to the country, that he wanted me to lie."
Cohen said that Mr. Trump's lawyers "reviewed and edited" his testimony to Congress about the timing of the project before he gave it.
Cohen says Trump bought portrait at auction with funds from charity
10:29 a.m.: Cohen said the president had arranged for a straw bidder to purchase a portrait of Mr. Trump in advance of an auction and later reimbursed the bidder from the account of his non-profit charitable foundation. The picture now hands in one of his Trump International golf clubs.
The president at the time tweeted he had "just found out" the portrait of himself had been sold for $60,000.
Cohen submits payment for Stormy Daniels cover-up to Congress
10:28 a.m.: Cohen provided Congress documents showing a copy of $35,000 check Mr. Trump made out to Cohen from his personal bank account to pay off adult film star Stormy Daniels, to avoid any money being traced back to the president and the campaign. Mr. Trump previously denied having any knowledge of such payments when asked by reporters.
Here is a copy of that check:
Cohen says he knows the real Trump
10:26 a.m.: "He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat," Cohen said of the president in his opening remarks.
Cohen details in his remarks that Mr. Trump knew his confidant Roger Stone was coordinating with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks dump of DNC emails and that Mr. Trump not only knew about Trump Tower Moscow negotiations well into the 2016 presidential campaign, but directed them.
While Cohen is not expected to answer any specific questions about Mueller's Russia probe, CBS News' Paula Reid reports that Cohen is not talking about collusion in the WikiLeaks case -- he is implying the president may have lied to the special counsel about these events.
Reid reports that Cohen's testimony doesn't prove anything but raises questions about whether Mr. Trump's answers to written questions from the special counsel's office match what other witnesses and evidence indicate happened.
Cohen expresses shame and regret for working for Trump
10:25 a.m.: Cohen repeatedly testifies that he's "ashamed" of his actions, namely for saying "yes" to Mr. Trump."
"I regret the day I said "yes" to Mr. Trump. I regret all the help and support I gave him along the way."
Cohen says that he's accepted responsibility for his own failings, pointing to his violation of campaign finance laws for his role in accepting hush money to conceal the president's alleged affair. "I am ashamed that I chose to take park in concealing Mr. Trump's illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience," he said.
Cohen sworn in
10:25 a.m.: Cohen is formally sworn-in before the hearing and prepares to give his testimony.
Jim Jordan says Lanny Davis "arranged" the Cohen hearing
10:19 a.m.: "Lanny Davis put this all together," ranking member Jordan said. He marveled at the choice of Cohen to testify as the first witness before the committee since it fell under Democratic control. It's the first time a "convicted perjurer has been brought back to be a star witness in a hearing...no other committee would do it," Jordan said.
Cummings: "The American people have a right to hear the other side"
10:15 a.m.: "Every one of us in this room has a duty to serve as an independent check on the executive branch. Ladies and gentlemen, we are in search of the truth," said Cummings in his opening remarks.
"The testimony Mr. Cohen will provide is deeply disturbing and should be troubling for all Americans," he added. Cummings said he will be the first one to refer Cohen's "untruthful statements" to the Department of Justice if he attempts to lie once again to members of Congress.
10:08 a.m.: "The American people have a right to hear him so we're going to proceed, the American people can judge his credibility for themselves," Cummings said after a roll call was held to resume the hearing.
Mark Meadows attempts to stop testimony
10:02 a.m.: House Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows attempted to postpone the hearing saying it was an "intentional effort" by Cohen to "show his disdain" for the congressional body by not providing his testimony more than 24 hours in advance.
"We should not stand for it as a body," Meadows exclaimed. Committee Ranking Member Rep. Jim Jordan later chimed in, claiming that CNN had Cohen's testimony before a majority of the committee members.
Committee members then held a vote to resume the hearing.
Cohen enters the hearing chamber for testimony
10:00 a.m.: Promptly at 10:00 a.m., Cohen sits down at the witness table in the House hearing chamber.
Cohen "feeling good" ahead of hearing
9:11 a.m.: Cohen's attorney Michael Monico told CBS News that his client is feeling good" this morning ahead of his congressional testimony.
Monico added that the hearing is "stressful, but he'll do good." Asked what Cohen thinks about this hearing coinciding with the Trump-Kim summit: "It's ironic isn't it? He find that ironic. He is going to talk about that," a nod to Cohen's prepared remarks talking about Trump's history with the Vietnam War.
Reporting by Bo Erickson
Crowds line hallways to catch a glimpse of Cohen hearing
9:08 a.m.: With over an hour before the hearing is set to commence, well over 100 people are in a line snaking through two hallways of the Rayburn House Office building to see Cohen testify.
Reporting by Rebecca Kaplan
Cummings says Congress needs to "listen" to Cohen
9:04 a.m.: In an interview ahead of Wednesday's hearing, House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings told CBS News that despite Cohen's past lies to Congress, lawmakers "have to listen" to what Cohen has to say.
"We have to keep in mind that he comes in with a possible perjury charge hanging over his head if the does lie again, and I have to, and it is not a question of whether I trust him, it is a matter of listening to him very carefully and making a judgement," said Cummings.
He added, "One person's judgement maybe different than mine but one thing we do know is that we've had, again, the president has given his side, we've heard his side almost on a daily basis and now we will have an opportunity to hear from Mr. Cohen."
Cohen arrives early for testimony
8:40 a.m.: Cohen, flanked by three members of Capitol Hill police, arrived to the House hearing room at 8:40 a.m. His legal team was escorted in shortly after.
Cohen "looks forward" to telling the truth
8:13 a.m.: "I really appreciate the opportunity that was given to me to clear the record and to tell the truth.
"And I look forward to tomorrow to being able to in my voice to tell the American people my story and I'm going to let the American people decide exactly who is telling the truth," Cohen told reporters shortly after his closed-door Senate testimony wrapped up on Tuesday.
Trump claims Cohen did "bad things" unrelated to him
8:53 a.m.: In an early morning tweet while overseas in Vietnam for his summit with Kim Jong Un, Mr. Trump attempted to distance himself from Cohen, tweeting that he was"one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also."
The president goes on reference Cohen's disbarment from the New York State Bar, adding that he did "bad things unrelated to Trump."
"He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked's lawyer!" said Mr. Trump. The president later ignored questions shouted to him by reporters in Hanoi on his reaction to Cohen's testimony.
This comes after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that it was "laughable" anyone would take Cohen at his word. Sanders added that it was "pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies."
What will Cohen say?
Cohen will publicly accuse the president of criminal conduct for the first time during his public hearing on Wednesday, CBS News has confirmed.
According to a source familiar with the matter, Cohen will provide documents, prepared by Mr. Trump's accountant, that will show the president may have engaged in tax fraud, CBS News correspondent Paula Reid reports. In Cohen's prepared testimony, he says that these documents are financial statements sent to Deutsche Bank between 2011 and 2013. This could be the basis for lawmakers or investigators to pursue Trump's tax returns. The source confirms that Cohen will also accuse the president of using racist language. His comments are described as "chilling" - this language was allegedly used in a series of personal conversations between Mr. Trump and Cohen.
Cohen isfor lying to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees in 2017. Some Republican lawmakers will likely use that fact to blunt the impact the allegations Cohen will be making against the president during Wednesday's appearance before the House Oversight Committee.
What has Cohen been charged with?
In December, Cohen wasfor violating campaign finance laws "in coordination with and at the direction" of the president by paying two women to remain silent during the 2016 campaign about their alleged affairs with Mr. Trump. The president has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
In a separate case, Cohen was also sentenced to two months in prison afterto lying to Congress about his involvement in an effort to build a "Trump Tower" in Moscow during the .
In the plea agreement, Cohen admitted to lying to the Senate and House intelligence committees about the project and the extent to which then-candidate Trump and his family were involved.
Cohen's appearance delayed after alleged threats
Cohen is appearing before the House Oversight Committee after delaying his initial testimony citingand the president's attorney.
Mr. Trump referred to Cohen's family in a tweet in January, saying that Cohen was "lying to reduce his jail time" and ended the tweet with "watch father-in-law!" Cohenin December to three years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, stemming from his guilty plea to campaign finance violations related to payments to women who claimed to have had affairs with Mr. Trump.
House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, D-California, said in a statement that lawmakers would work with law enforcement to protect Cohen and his family from any potential threats.
"As I've previously stated with my colleagues, Chairmen Elijah Cummings and Jerrold Nadler, efforts to intimidate witnesses, scare their family members, or prevent them from testifying before Congress are tactics we expect from organized crime, not the White House. These attacks on Mr. Cohen's family must stop. Federal law prohibits efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress," said Schiff.
Trump weighs in on Cohen
Asked if he had any concerns about Cohen's testimony before Congress, Mr. Trump told reporters "no," suggesting he'd respect attorney-client confidentiality. "You know, he's taking his own chances," he said last week.
Cohen now cooperating with Manhattan prosecutors on alleged financial crimes and questions about the.