US Congress begins hearing to grill Trump ex-lawyer Cohen

A US congressional panel has began a contentious hearing in which Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen is to provide explosive testimony describing his former boss as a “con man” who committed wrongdoing as a candidate and as president.

According to prepared testimony, Cohen is to tell lawmakers that Trump directed negotiations for a Trump Tower in Moscow through the 2016 election campaign, paid “hush money” to a porn star, and knew in advance in 2016 that WikiLeaks would publish dirt on Hillary Clinton.

“Ladies and gentleman, we are in search of the truth,” the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Democrat Elijah Cummings, says after gavelling the hearing to order.


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