House Democrat Says Hearing Is Michael Cohen's Chance to 'Come Clean'

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February 26, 2019

By Justin Chermol

A Democratic member of the House Oversight Committee wants Michael Cohen to "just tell the truth" on Wednesday when he testifies about his work as President Trump's former fixer and personal attorney during a highly-anticipated public hearing.

Rep. Ro Khanna of California, who will be one of the committee members questioning Cohen, told Cheddar's J.D. Durkin that he wants Cohen to reveal who in the White House "coached him" to lie about a Trump Tower project in Moscow during a 2017 Senate hearing.

Some of other questions Khanna wants answered include: "'Who did you talk to before you testified in Congress? Who at the White House was your contact? How many times did you go to the White House? Did you have any conversations with the president?'"

"I think he needs to just come clean, tell the story," Khanna said, "This is a chance for redemption for him."

Wednesday will mark Michael Cohen's first public testimony after he was sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress and participating in a variety of financial crimes, some of which he committed during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The hearing In a will focus on his knowledge of Trump's various financial dealings, specifically related to his compliance with tax and campaign finance laws, conflicts of interest, and hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning Cohen will also use this testimony to "publicly accuse the President of criminal conduct while in office."

Khanna said he expects his Republican colleagues on the committee to attack Cohen's credibility and undermine his testimony. But the congressman said the American people will make up their own minds about the veracity of Cohen's testimony.

"If he's credible, I think the American people are very forgiving."

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