Two Republicans on the House Oversight Committee on Thursday referred ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen to the Justice Department for alleged perjury, accusing him of making intentionally false statements during his public testimony Wednesday. The deal with Hachette eventually crumbled after Cohen was charged with tax evasion and lying to Congress. Cohen, who will begin a three-year prison sentence in May, claimed in congressional testimony Thursday that Trump is "a racist ... a conman ... a cheat".
During Cohen's testimony, for example, he was asked about reporting by the "Trump, Inc." podcast that the Trump International Hotel in Washington overcharged the Trump inaugural committee.
After three days of grilling Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Democrats are quickly using his words as a roadmap to open new lines of investigation into the president's ties to Russian Federation and summon additional witnesses.
George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, slammed Republican Lindsey Graham over his latest defense of Donald Trump amid Michael Cohen's explosive testimony.
On Thursday, all of them were planning next steps based on Mr Cohen's testimony.
Trump said, "As far as Cohen is concerned, he's convicted".
Cohen testified that Trump - who has refused to make public his tax returns - kept a close eye on financial information in his business career. "We'll have to take a look at whether he told the truth in both cases".
Trump repeated his call to "stop this corrupt and illegally brought Witch Hunt" and said prosecutors should start looking at Democrats "where real crimes were committed".More news: 49ers won't pursue Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, reports Steve Wyche
He said prosecutors in NY were investigating conversations Trump or his advisers had with him after his office and hotel room were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last April.
He added: "Michael Cohen spent a decade as Trump's high-profile lobbier, toady, defender and personal attorney - and then one day he decided that he hated Donald Trump and he became Donald Trump's mortal enemy".
Weisselberg was granted immunity past year to testify before a grand jury in the SDNY's investigation into Trump and Cohen. It was signed by Mr Weisselberg and the President's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, who are helping run Mr Trump's businesses while he is in the White House. Sater also reportedly worked on securing Trump Tower Moscow, which Schiff and fellow Intelligence committee Democrats will test him on.
"My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything: my family's happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor, my reputation and soon my freedom", Cohen said. He testified that Trump used his inner circle to cover up politically damaging allegations about sex, and lied throughout the 2016 election campaign about his business interests in Russian Federation.
In one important respect Cohen's testimony was helpful to President Trump. Trump called it a "simple private transaction", not an illegal campaign contribution.
"Being around Mr Trump was intoxicating", Cohen said. It has also subpoenaed the committee that raised $107 million to stage Trump's inaugural events.
"He said there was no collusion and I was a little impressed by that, frankly, he only went about 95 per cent instead of 100 per cent".
Cohen pleaded guilty in NY in August to tax evasion, making false bank statements and making illegal campaign contributions for paying hush money to two women who allegedly had affairs with Trump.