Did Michael Cohen want a White House gig?


Donald Trump accused his former lawyer of perjury yesterday, saying Michael Cohen's scathing testimony to Congress this week contradicted a manuscript he wrote a year ago that complimented the United States president.

Lawyer Michael Cohen, who worked for the president for a decade as his top "fixer at the Trump Organisation, assailed his ex-boss as 'a racist. a conman. a cheat" in testimony Wednesday to the House Oversight Committee.

But after Michael Cohen urged Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to demand the president's IRS returns the case for Congress to obtain the returns was strengthened, aides told NBC.

Cohen testified that Congress could find in Trump's tax returns proof that the President alternately deflated the value of his assets to lower his taxes and inflated their value to insurance companies as it suited his business interests.

Those accusations were found to be non-credible according to 25 percent surveyed in the poll.

As he left the House Intelligence interview, Mr Cohen said he would be returning to Capitol Hill on March 6 for another round of questioning.

Sater was involved in trying to jump start a Trump Tower project in Moscow.

The topic has been a contentious one for the president since his time on the campaign trail in 2016, and throughout his administration.

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During his testimony, Cohen called Trump a "racist" and "con man" who lied throughout the 2016 elections about his business interests in Russian Federation.

'Mr. Cohen, do you know whether President Trump's tax returns were really under audit by the IRS in 2016?' Democratic Rep. Jimmy Gomez asked him.

He was interviewed behind closed doors by the House Intelligence Committee for more than eight hours.

Intelligence committee chairman Rep. Trump said he tried to watch as much of Cohen's marathon hearing as he could.

There was partisan bickering on this committee when Republican Trump ally Devin Nunes was its chairman before Democrats took control in the House in January. In a rare bit of bipartisanship in a Congress with deep partisan divisions, Republican Chairman Richard Burr and senior committee Democrat Mark Warner have been conducting an in-depth look into Russia's role in influencing US elections. The US president's former lawyer remains out of prison to continue cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Trump-Moscow collusion during the 2016 US presidential election, which has been denied both by both parties on numerous occasions. Trump has rejected the notion that it was a campaign finance violation.

Committee members have raised questions about whether the tax returns could reveal whether Trump had any income related to investments or other business dealings with Russian Federation or other countries.

The request now being prepared by the House Ways and Means Committee has the full support of Democratic leadership, per NBC.

When Republicans controlled the panel, they refused Waters' requests to subpoena records held by the bank, which maintained that privacy laws prevented it from providing information without subpoenas. The panel also intends to look into whether previous testimony given to Congress and federal investigators by figures associated with Trump has been false or misleading.