- Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, testifies live on C-SPAN today.
- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee questions Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer about investigations as they relate to the Trump organization and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former Lawyer, Testifies Live on C-SPAN
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hosts a hearing with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. As such, Cohen answers the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s questions about:
(a) Trump’s Russia (Moscow) tower project;
(b) Hush money payments made to women on behalf of Trump leading up to the 2016 presidential election; and
(c) Campaign finance violations.
The event aired live on C-SPAN. And the full hearing is available to the public here.
What is C-SPAN?
Consider C-SPAN’s mission statement, worth quoting because it sheds light on the organization.
C-SPAN is a public service created by the American Cable Television Industry, the organization’s mission includes:
- To provide C-SPAN’s audience access to the live gavel-to-gavel proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and to other forums where public policy is discussed, debated and decided––all without editing, commentary or analysis and with a balanced presentation of points of view.
- To employ production values that accurately convey the business of government rather than distract from it.
Who is Michael Cohen?
Michael Cohen is President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer. According to the United States District Court Southern District of New York, Cohen:
“Was an attorney and employee of a Manhattan-based real estate company […] COHEN held the title of “Executive Vice President” and “Special Counsel” to the owner of the Company (” Individual 1″ ).”
Notably, Individual 1 is now known as Donald Trump. Importantly, Cohen doesn’t work for President Trump now. In fact, during the Committee hearing, Cohen mentions, “I lost my law license.” Meaning, Cohen is disbarred; his license to practice law is revoked. Worse than disbarment, Mr.Cohen is sentenced to three years in prison.
Michael Cohen’s Plea Deal
Michael Cohen is going to prison. According to an August 21, 2018 Department of Justice press release, Cohen signed a plea deal admitting to,”charges of tax evasion, making false statements to a federally-insured bank, and campaign finance violations. The plea was entered followed the filing of an eight-count criminal information, which alleged that COHEN concealed more than $4 million in personal income from the IRS, made false statements to a federally-insured financial institution in connection with a $500,000 home equity loan, and, in 2016, caused $280,000 in payments to be made to silence two women who otherwise planned to speak publicly about their alleged affairs with a presidential candidate, thereby intending to influence the 2016 presidential election.” Worthy of note, Cohen also pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress.
Cohen’s False Statements to Congress Cause Concerns\
Per the plea deal (provided below), Michael Cohen, “Agrees to waive indictment and plead guilty to a Criminal Information [for] making false statement to the U.S Congress.” For this reason some Committee members question the integrity of Cohen’s testimony.
Chairman’s Statements About Cohen Hearing
Elijah Cummings is the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As Chairman, Cummings’ expresses concerns early in the hearing about:
- Documents and “other corroborating evidence” indicating President Trump reimbursed Cohen for hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels;
- Mr. Cohen’s account of a meeting in 2016 whereby efforts to damage Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign were discussed; and
- Some members’ — of the Republican Party — attempts to prevent the public from hearing Cohen’s testimony.
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About the Author
Olivia P. Walker is a local government campaign advisor and public affairs analyst. Prior to these roles, Olivia served as governance consultant for the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). Before that, she worked as government affairs and public policy analyst for WellCare Health Plans, a Fortune 500 health insurer.
Olivia holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Florida School of Public Affairs. In 2016, Olivia was duly initiated into Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Finally, Olivia is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and a member of the ASPA Section on Public Law and Administration.
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