President Trump's former personal attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen had harsh words for his former employer during public testimony before a House congressional panel Wednesday. "He is a racist. He is a con man. He is a cheat," Cohen, testifying before the House Oversight Committee, said in his opening statement about Mr. Trump.
Cohen's testimony comes as Washington prepares for the final report from the special counsel's nearly two-year investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
The irony of Cohen's testimony two months before he reports to federal prison for lying to Congress was not lost on lawmakers. "I've made it abundantly clear to Mr. Cohen if he comes here today, and he does not tell the truth, I will be the first to refer those untruthful statements to the DOJ," Chairman Elijah Cummings said when opening the hearing.
Cohen's high-profile hearing got underway with Republican and Democratic lawmakers sniping at each other before he even began speaking. Cohen faced intensive questioning by members of the committee about the lies he told to congressional investigators in 2017.