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Michael Cohen, the former Donald Trump attorney and “fixer,” turned on his former boss this week to testify in an extraordinary day-long public hearing in which he offered a number of key allegations of ethical lapses and potential felonies committed by the president of the United States.
Although his televised appearance Wednesday before the House Oversight and Reform Committee will likely be what Cohen will be most remembered for, it was by no means the limit of his cooperation with Congress.
The day before, Cohen had sat for a nine-hour, closed-door interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which he covered a variety of topics, including lies he initially the committee when he first testified in 2017 about how far the Trump Tower Moscow project deliberations extended into the 2016 campaign, according to press reports.
“At this time I really appreciate the opportunity that was given to me to clear the record, and to tell the truth,” Cohen told reporters once his Senate appearance was complete.
Then, on the Thursday, the day after his public hearing, Cohen sat with the House Intelligence Committee for another closed-door session.
Speaking with Wolf Blitzer on CNN after that Thursday session, committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said it “would be an understatement” that the committee received new information from Cohen on Thursday.
“We learned a lot of new things,” SwalwelI said. “I can’t go into them. We’re still interviewing him, he’s coming back next week. There’s very valuable new leads that we learned and he has been asked to bring back some documents to corroborate what he has told us. But we did find him to be cooperative and answered every question we asked.”
Cohen will return to speak with the House Intelligence Committee on March 6.
Then, on May 6th, Cohen is to report to prison to begin his three-year sentence for conviction on two felonies.