Cohen Testifies That Trump's A 'Racist,' 'Con Man' And 'Cheat'

President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified publicly before a House committee for the first time Wednesday.
Posted at 11:04 AM, Feb 27, 2019

"I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a con man. He is a cheat," President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen said. 

Cohen testified publicly before a House committee for the first time Wednesday. Along with his testimony, Cohen provided the committee with several documents, including a copy of the $130,000 wire transfer he sent to adult film star Stormy Daniels. 

Cohen paid Daniels out of his own pocket to maintain her silence about her alleged affair with President Trump in 2006. The president later admitted that Cohen was reimbursed that money. 

Cohen told the House committee that President Trump knew Roger Stone was talking with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange about the release of Democratic National Committee emails. 

"I am ashamed of my own failings, and I publicly accepted responsibility for them by pleading guilty in the Southern District of New York," Cohen said. 

Cohen testified in a closed-door hearing on Tuesday, where he apologized to a Senate committee for lying to Congress. He was sentenced to three years in prison last year for several crimes, including lying to Congress. He'll start that sentence in May. 

Cohen's Wednesday testimony is facing scrutiny since he's been untruthful before. 

Cohen will be back for a third round of testimony behind closed doors on Thursday.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.