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Trump attorney Michael Cohen testifies before Senate in closed-door session

Trump attorney Michael Cohen testifies before Senate in closed-door session

In addition to lying to Congress, Cohen pleaded guilty past year to campaign finance violations for his involvement in payments to two women who allege they had affairs with Trump.

His first set date to testify in public had to be canceled after Cohen cited threats made against his family by Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Cohen is also expected to bring up the specter of Russian Federation by explaining how Trump continued to ask about plans for a Trump Tower project in Moscow after the Iowa caucuses had taken place in February 2016.

Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet" for the president, reversed himself previous year amid mounting pressure from prosecutors looking into his, and Trump's, affairs.

Cohen also intends to reveal information about Trump's financial statements, an anonymous source told the network. The White House has been bracing for Cohen's congressional testimony and has characterized him as a loser and a liar. He's scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday - which will be televised - and on Thursday he'll be behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow tweeted the federal statutes regarding witness intimidation, implying that Gaetz, a Trump loyalist, crossed the legal line ahead of Cohen's public testimony before the House Oversight Committee.

Trump will be at a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un tomorrow so he will not be present.

Cohen has never publicly accused Trump of criminal conduct while serving as president.

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Cohen's testimony has been a long time in coming.

Cohen, who is set to begin a three-year prison sentence in May, was officially disbarred on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old was convicted last year by NY federal prosecutors of campaign finance violations and tax evasion and by special counsel Robert Mueller of lying to Congress about Trump Organization plans in Moscow.

One source working closely with Cohen to jog his memory tells Vanity Fair, "Some things that are earth-shattering are right in front of your nose, and the reason you don't know that they're earth-shattering is because they're right in front of you".

In a statement released Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Cohen a "disgraced felon", who is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statements. But the two other panels are expected to do so in closed session.

The hearing will also examine whether Trump has complied with campaign finance and tax laws, his ties to the Trump International Hotel in Washington and "potential and actual conflicts of interest".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff postponed Cohen's appearance before that committee saying it was "in the interests of the investigation", with no additional details.

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