President Trump is focused on his historic meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. This meeting has world-wide implications, but Trump addressed Michael Cohen just two hours before meeting with the North Korean leader. Prior to Michael Cohen testifying in Congress, President Trump denounced his former lawyer on Wednesday as a liar who is only trying to protect himself.
“Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately),” Trump tweeted from Hanoi which is the site of his second summit with Kim devoted to North Korea’s nuclear weapons. “He had other clients also.”
The president noted that Cohen has been disbarred, and said “he did bad things unrelated to Trump,” and “is lying in order to reduce his prison time.”
Trump did not address specific allegations by Cohen, who allegedly will label the president a “con man, a “cheat,” and a “racist” in his testimony before a House committee late Thursday.
Trump’s former “fixer” and attorney is most likely going to testify that Trump knew a longtime associate was discussing a WikiLeaks dump of stolen emails related to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign of 2016. This is according to Cohen’s opening statement obtained by several media outlets.
Cohen also says that the president instructed him to lie about a Moscow Trump Tower project negotiated during the 2016 campaign.
The Cohen testimony may very well overshadow at least a portion of the Trump-Kim summit, an event Cohen plans to reference in his testimony.
At one point in his prepared testimony, Cohen cited the college and medical deferments Trump received to avoid military service in the Vietnam War.
“‘You think I’m stupid, I wasn’t going to Vietnam,'” Cohen quotes Trump as saying.
In his prepared testimony, Cohen adds: “I find it ironic, President Trump, that you are in Vietnam right now.”
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