Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Michael Cohen to accuse Trump of criminal activity for first time

Michael Cohen to accuse Trump of criminal activity for first time

In addition to accusing Trump of criminal conduct while in office, Cohen is also expected to make public some of the president's private financial statements and accuse the billionaire of having inflated or deflated his net worth at times for "business and personal purposes", including avoiding property tax payments, according to the Journal. During Cohen's public hearing on Wednesday, however, multiple reports suggest that Cohen plans to come forward with evidence and everything he knows about Trump's business interests in Russian Federation and his illegal hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election.

Cohen is expected to discuss Trump's racism and his propensity to lie about or exaggerate his wealth, as well as present some of Trump's financial documents, according to the unnamed source.

Cohen once said he would "take a bullet" for Trump, but he has since turned against his former boss.

Cohen will testify behind closed doors before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, in public before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, and will go behind closed doors again on Thursday with the House Intelligence Committee.

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On Nov. 29, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress by telling lawmakers in 2017 that all efforts relating to the Moscow project had ceased by January 2016. Cohen paid Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in October 2016 during the final days of the presidential race.

Regarding the payment to Daniels, Cohen is expected to say that it was at Trump's instigation.

Led by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, the Oversight Committee plans to limit its questioning of Cohen. The newspaper said it had yet to see those statements, however.

Trump has maintained that a "red line" would be an investigation into his finances, though he's now growing exasperated that Congress is looking into Cohen's finances and business dealings.

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