Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney once famously said he’d “take a bullet” for the president.
Today, he is testifying before the House Oversight Committee accusing his old boss of being a “racist,” a “cheat,” and a “con man,” while providing the committee with evidence of the president’s wrongdoings.
Some evidence has already leaked, including checks signed by Trump and Donald Trump Jr., which Cohen says they were complicit in paying off porn star Stormy Daniels after her alleged affair with the then-candidate. (Daily Wire)
“I recognize that some of you may doubt and attack me on my credibility,” Cohen told Congress Wednesday. “It is for this reason that I have incorporated into this opening statement documents that are irrefutable, and demonstrate that the information you will hear is accurate and truthful.” Among that evidence, he said, is “a copy of a check Mr. Trump wrote from his personal bank account – after he became president – to reimburse me for the hush money payments I made to cover up his affair with an adult film star and prevent damage to his campaign.”
CNN has since released a photo of a $35,000 check “signed from [Trump’s] personal bank account” on Aug. 1, 2017 which a source told Axios is “another installment in the illegal hush money ‘reimbursed’ to Cohen … for [the Stormy Daniels] hush money payoff.” Here’s an image of the check posted by CNN’s “New Day”:
FIRST ON CNN! Michael Cohen will show Congress a copy of this $35,000 check that he says President Trump signed from his personal bank account on August 1, 2017, part of a reimbursement for hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. pic.twitter.com/xXsBiZK7wE
— Javi Morgado (@javimorgado) February 27, 2019
NBC News’ Allan Smith has since posted an image of a check signed by Donald Trump Jr and Trump Organization COO Allen Weisselberg that Cohen claims is more evidence of the Trumps’ involvement in the hush money payoff.
Cohen plans to show a second $35k check signed by Don Jr. and Trump Org COO Allen Weisselberg from March 2017, @NBCNews reports. Cohen will say both checks were part of the reimbursement plan for the hush payments https://t.co/Hy3gTzyiSx pic.twitter.com/SCEAqMlXdh
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) February 27, 2019
While the checks appear to prove that Cohen was indeed reimbursed for services in 2017, the Trump team has already stated publicly that Cohen was paid in installments in 2017 for past services — as Cohen acknowledges in his statement (below) — and the checks by themselves are not “irrefutable” proof of wrongdoing.
Read more at the Daily Wire.