WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (RESTRICTED POOL) – Michael Cohen, the former “fixer” for U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to reference during a public hearing on Wednesday (February 27) Trump’s criticism of the late Republican Senator John McCain as a prisoner of war.
In the text of his planned opening statement before a House of Representatives committee, Cohen calls Trump a “racist”, a “conman” and a “cheat” and says he would be handing over documents to support his assertions. The draft statement was first reported by the New York Times.
According to a draft of Cohen’s planned testimony, the President’s former lawyer also says that he has heard Trump “call poorer countries ‘shitholes’.”
Trump allegedly used vulgar language in January 2018 to describe African nations during a meeting on immigration and reportedly dismissed them as “shitholes.” Trump later denied making the comment.
Cohen says Trump ordered him to pay $130,000 to an adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels in order to cover up an affair in violation of campaign finance laws, and also told Cohen to lie about it to First Lady Melania Trump. Cohen says in his draft statement that he regrets lying to Melania Trump.