In just a few days, Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime attorney and “fixer,” is set to testify before three different intel committees on Capitol Hill.
This upcoming testimony from Cohen likely has Trump feeling more than a little uncomfortable, as he probably thought he wouldn’t have to worry about Cohen spilling the beans after he backed out of testifying last month.
To make matters even more terrifying for Trump, the New York Times reported today that Cohen has turned over new information regarding the Trump family business.
According to the Times:
‘Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, met last month with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, offering information about possible irregularities within the president’s family business and about a donor to the inaugural committee, according to people familiar with the matter.
‘Mr. Cohen, who worked at the Trump Organization for a decade, spoke with the prosecutors about insurance claims the company had filed over the years, said the people, who did not elaborate on the nature of the possible irregularities.
‘While it was not clear whether the prosecutors found Mr. Cohen’s information credible and whether they intended to pursue it, the meeting suggests that they are interested in broader aspects of the Trump Organization, beyond their investigation into the company’s role in the hush money payments made before the 2016 election to women claiming to have had affairs with Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty last summer to arranging those payments.’
The Times also reported that within this “new information” given to prosecutors were details about a donor to the president’s inaugural committee, Imaad Zuberi, a California venture capitalist and political fund-raiser. Sources close to the matter said that around the time that Mr. Zuberi contributed $900,000 to the committee, he also tried to hire Mr. Cohen as a consultant and wrote him a substantial check.
‘Although Mr. Cohen did not go through with the arrangement, he was building a consulting business at the time with clients who sought to understand and have access to the Trump administration.
‘A spokesman for Mr. Zuberi, Steve Rabinowitz, confirmed the check on Friday, saying it was for $100,000 and never cashed. Mr. Zuberi, the only person directly referenced in a recent subpoena the prosecutors sent the inaugural committee, had previously denied having any dealings with Mr. Cohen beyond a few conversations.’
So far we can only speculate what Cohen’s testimony will bring next week, but with Mueller’s investigation seemingly coming to an end, one thing is for certain — it’s going to be a very dramatic week for Trump.
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