Michael Cohen to accuse Trump of racism and criminal conduct

When Michael Cohen takes the stand before a congressional committee on Wednesday, he will for the first time publicly accuse President Donald Trump of potentially committing a crime while in office, according to sources familiar with his intended testimony.

Trump's former fixer intends to tell lawmakers about "hush" payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels during the election, the network reported - payments that prosecutors already have said in court filings were directed by a person known to be Trump.

Lawmakers are likely to ask Cohen to explain his knowledge of a possible Trump Tower project in Moscow - the details of which he previously misrepresented to Congress, precipitating his guilty plea in federal court late past year.

Fox News was given an exclusive look at the RNC's planned efforts to fight back against Cohen, who is expected to testify against Trump, his former longtime boss, during a much-anticipated House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday.

According to sources, it is here where Cohen will detail shocking revelations about Trump that include allegations of lies, racism, and cheating as a private businessman over the 10-year period when Cohen worked for him.

Cohen could also implicate the White House in the false testimony he gave to the House and Senate intelligence committees in 2017 on negotiations for building a Trump tower in Moscow that continued throughout the 2016 election.

The Wall Street Journal reported a person familiar with the matter as saying Cohen would provide "evidence of criminal conduct since Mr Trump became president" that involved a hush money payment to hide an alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels.

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With Trump in Vietnam for his latest summit with "Rocket Man", North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, there is sure to be a big push from the right to play up this summit as a way to detract from the impact of Cohen's testimony.

Cohen's testimony has been a long time in coming.

Members on that panel are expected to ask questions about the campaign finance violations, Trump's business practices and compliance with tax laws and "the accuracy of the president's public statements", according to a committee memo.

Cohen is expected to come to the congressional hearing with documents and other visual aids to support his contentions.

"Convicted felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying, including lies he told under oath to Congress", RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News. He is also slated to appear before two House panels later this week.

Cohen's week of interviews comes as House Democrats open multiple investigations into Trump's ties to Russian Federation and conflict-of-interest issues within the administration. On Tuesday, he goes behind closed doors for a talk with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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