© Reuters. Trump‘s Former Personal Attorney Cohen Retires After House Intelligence Committee Hearing On Capitol Hill In Washington
By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has provided the House Intelligence Committee with new documents and may turn over more, the panel chairman said after a one-day hearing to door closed.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff told reporters that Cohen was cooperative and that the eight-hour hearing was “very productive.” He did not say what the new documents related to and declined to comment on the substance of Cohen’s testimony.
“We had requested documents from Mr. Cohen. He has provided additional documents to the committee. There may be additional documents that he has yet to offer and his cooperation with our committee continues,” Schiff said.
Cohen shared documents with lawmakers showing modifications made to written testimony he gave to Congress in 2017, saying that a failed plan by Trump to build a tower in Moscow ended in January 2016, a Congressional source said, confirming reports from CNN and the New York Times. .
Subsequently, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in testimony. Since then, he has said that the search for the Moscow project continued until June 2016, after Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination.
During testimony last week, Cohen said that Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s attorneys, was among those who edited the 2017 document. Sekulow has called Cohen’s claim “completely false.”
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump denied having trade deals with Russia, but has since championed the proposed tower project.
Cohen, in public testimony last week before a different House committee, called Trump, his employer of more than 10 years, a “racist”, a “con man” and a “cheater.”
Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, said in a statement that Cohen has spent 16 hours testifying before the intelligence committee.
“Mr. Cohen answered all questions truthfully and at the request of President Schiff agreed to provide additional information in the future, if necessary. He also offered to answer additional questions from Republican members. He remains committed to telling the truth and cooperating with authorities, “Davis added.
Two congressional sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Cohen would also face questions from lawmakers on the issue of his former boss’s clemency. The sources added that Trump’s representatives maintain that Cohen’s team first raised the issue of receiving a pardon, while representatives for the former attorney have said otherwise.
Members of the intelligence panel were also expected to question Cohen Wednesday about Trump’s discussions with advisers in 2017 about how to respond when news reports first surfaced revealing that important campaign figures, including his son Donald Trump. Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman. Paul Manafort met in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, one of the sources said.
Trump’s son arranged the meeting after being promised “dirt” on Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. When news of the meeting broke, Trump Jr. issued a statement saying it was created to discuss adoption policy, not politics. He later admitted that he had been waiting for intelligence on Clinton.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is completing an investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia and whether the president has attempted to illegally obstruct the investigation. Trump has denied collusion and obstruction, Russia has denied election interference.
Cohen is due to appear in prison on May 6 to begin a three-year sentence after pleading guilty in a separate case last year to criminal charges including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.