When President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney will testify before Congress over three consecutive days this week, and according to The Wall Street Journal, Michael Cohen intends to publicly accuse the president of criminal activity while in office during the public portion of his remarks.
Business Insider reported that Cohen will appear for two closed-door hearings — one on Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee and another on Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee.
But it is his testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday that has people waiting anxiously, as that hearing will take place in a public setting.
Insider said internal committee memos reveal that “Democrats on the panel plan to question Cohen extensively about several hush-money payments made during the 2016 election to women who said they had affairs with Trump.”
The president has steadfastly denied the affairs and initially said he had no knowledge of the payments.
Those payments will be a major focus on Wednesday as Cohen offers his testimony to the House, according to the Journal’s source familiar with the attorney’s planned remarks.
Though Trump was implicated in campaign finance violations during Cohen’s sentencing in December, when a federal judge said in court that the president had directed Cohen to commit a felony, Wednesday’s testimony will mark the first time Cohen has publicly accused Trump of criminal conduct while serving as president, Insider noted.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump allegedly instructed Cohen to make hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed that she and Trump engaged in a sexual affair years ago.
The Journal’s source reportedly did not offer further specifics regarding Cohen’s planned accusations against the president, though the source indicated Cohen will also provide evidence of "lies, racism, and cheating" by Trump.