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Michael Cohen will reportedly testify that ‘conman’ Trump knew of WikiLeaks plot

Michael Cohen will reportedly testify that ‘conman’ Trump knew of WikiLeaks plot
Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, speaks to the media after testifying at a closed-door hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, will tell Congress on Wednesday that Trump knew that his longtime advisor Roger Stone was communicating with WikiLeaks about publishing stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, according to the text of Cohen’s prepared opening statement published by multiple news organizations.

In the prepared remarks, first published by Politico, Cohen calls Trump a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat” and levels accusations that the president personally signed a check to cover “hush money payments” to keep quiet an affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Cohen also plans to testify that he previously lied to Congress about when Trump abandoned a business project in Moscow, although he will deny that Trump personally told him to lie.

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“He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat,” the remarks say, referring to Trump. “He was a presidential candidate who knew that Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of Democratic National Committee emails.”

Elfrink writes for the Washington Post.

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