GOP congressman taunts Michael Cohen ahead of public hearing

Trump's ex-fixer Cohen to offer new Russia details to U.S. Congress: source

"Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statements", Sanders said in a statement Tuesday.

But most likely, that evidence won't be provided because the congressional testimony is "not a legal hearing", said Napolitano.

Cohen will allegedly talk in "scathing" terms about Trump's "lies, racism and cheating", plus multiple news outlets are reporting that Cohen's bringing receipts with him in the form of documents that "show the president engaged in criminal conduct".

He also said it's unlikely the public will see any corroborating evidence and predicted Cohen's testimony would end up standing alone.

Cohen is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday on his past working relationship with President Trump.

Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, issued a statement saying: "We will not respond to Mr. Gaetz's despicable lies and personal smears, except to say we trust that his colleagues in the House, both Republicans and Democrats, will repudiate his words and his conduct".

As part of his plea agreement, Cohen is continuing to cooperate with federal prosecutors in NY who are investigating Trump's business interests and millions of dollars of donations made to his presidential inaugural committee.

Cohen will shed light on the payments to McDougal and Daniels, which Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler has said, if proven true, are impeachable offenses.

Trump will not be in Washington while his former lawyer testifies, but will instead be in Vietnam for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The White House sought to discredit Cohen on Tuesday before the hearings began. Gaetz isn't a member of either the House Oversight or Intelligence committees. But a judge granted a request from Cohen's lawyers to push the date to May 6 so Cohen could recover from shoulder surgery and prepare for his congressional testimony. Trump's former fixer intends to tell lawmakers about "hush" payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels during the election, the network reported - payments that prosecutors already have said in court filings were directed by a person known to be Trump.

But Cohen, who was uniquely situated as a former vice president of Trump's real estate and entertainment group, and could provide more details of Trump's involvement in testimony this week.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations connected to the payments and lying to Congress. Cohen is due to start a three-year prison sentence in May. Cohen will also say that Trump kept inquiring about the Trump Tower project in Moscow well into his presidential campaign, maintaining a personal interest in the venture despite running for the highest office in the land. House Republicans in the last Congress investigated whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation, but ended that probe over Democratic objections, saying there was no evidence it did so.

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