All The Bizarre Moments You Missed (So Far) At The Cohen Hearing
President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is testifying against his former employer before a House congressional panel.
It marks one of the most groundbreaking moments of a nearly two-year investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress late last year and will report to federal prison in two months time to serve a three-year sentence.
Trump is a "racist", a "conman" and a "cheat"
In his opening remarks, Cohen had harsh words for Trump.
"He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat."
Cohen, who worked for Trump for ten years acting as both his personal lawyer and his fixer, described Trump as an "enigma".
"He has both good and bad, as do we all. But the bad far outweighs the good, and since taking office, he has become the worst version of himself. He is capable of behaving kindly, but he is not kind. He is capable of committing acts of generosity, but he is not generous. He is capable of being loyal, but he is fundamentally disloyal."
Donald Trump Jr has the 'worst judgement in the world'
Donald Trump Jr and the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting has been a key part of the ongoing Russia investigation.
Cohen told the panel he remembered Trump Jr telling his father that the meeting had been arranged with the Trump campaign and a representative of the Russian government to discuss "dirt" on Hilary Clinton.
However, he said the interaction struck him as odd because Trump had "frequently told me and others that his son Don Jr. had the worst judgement of anyone in the world."
Trump used $60,000 from the Trump Foundation to ensure his portrait sold for the highest price at auction
One of the most bizarre moments came from Cohen's prepared remarks.
He says Trump directed him to find a "straw bidder" to purchase a portrait of him being auctioned at an Art Hamptons event in 2013, with the aim of ensuring Trump's portrait would be the highest price of any sold that afternoon.
"The portrait was purchased by the fake bidder for $60,000," Cohen said. "Mr Trump directed the Trump Foundation, which is supposed to be a charitable organisation, to repay the fake bidder, despite keeping the art for himself.
Trump himself tweeted about the portrait going for the highest price at the time.
As the saying goes, there is always a tweet.
Trump lied about bone spurs to avoid the Vietnam draft
Trump's medical deferment from the Vietnam draft due to bone spurs was a point of contention, question and mockery during the campaign trail.
When Cohen asked Trump for medical records to back up his claims, "he gave me none and said there was no surgery."
Cohen said Trump finished the conversation with the comment, "You think I'm stupid, I wasn't going to Vietnam."
Trump reimbursed Cohen for payments to Stormy Daniels in instalments
Cohen provided Congress documents showing a copy of $35,000 check Trump made out to Cohen from his personal bank account to pay off adult film star Stormy Daniels, to avoid any money being traced back to the president and the campaign, CBS reports.
Trump previously denied having any knowledge of such payments when asked by reporters.
When asked by Democrat representative Robin Kelly why Trump reimbursed him over a dozen payments for the $135,000 payment Cohen made to Daniels, he replied: "In order to hide the payment."
Cohen added that Trump asked him to lie to Melania Trump over the payments.
"Lying to the First Lady is one of my biggest regrets. She is a kind, good person. I respect her greatly and she did not deserve that."
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