There have been several testimonies regarding the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, but there is one coming next week that could be a game changer. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, will testify before Congress on Tuesday.
During a segment on MSNBC, terrorism expert Malcolm Nance pointed out the significance of Trump’s attorney being called to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
‘If you compare Donald Trump to a mafia don, this is his consigliere. This is the guy who knows all the secrets.’
While Cohen likely does have access to many of Trump’s secrets, it is unclear just how much he will divulge in this hearing. After all, the reason Trump’s personal attorney knows so much is because attorney’s have privilege and it can be very difficult to force them to divulge such information.
Cohen’s name has came up in many documents related to Trump, but the most important are the documents relating to a Trump Tower Moscow deal and a letter drafted by Cohen which would lift the sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. The former is probably the most important and was allegedly going to help Trump secure his long-desired Trump Tower in Moscow. Reports claim that the deal was sanctioned by the Kremlin. The deal eventually fell apart, however.
While Cohen may not be compelled to reveal too many details regarding what he knows of Trump, he may be compelled to answer whether or not he was acting on behalf of the president or on his own.
This testimony has the potential to be a major one, but journalist Jonathan Allen argued that people would be better off paying attention to Robert Mueller’s investigation.
‘We are looking at testimony that could be explosive depending on what the content of it is and if we find it out.
…The real thing to keep an eye on is the Robert Mueller investigation. The Senate Intelligence Committee has a role in all this, but it is a minor one compared to that Mueller probe.’
For more information, the video from MSNBC can be seen below:
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