Stocking up on popcorn as we speak.
Courtesy of NYT:
Michael D. Cohen has agreed to testify in public next Wednesday before Congress about his work as President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, but lawmakers said they would limit the scope of their questioning in deference to the special counsel.
The hearing next week before the House Oversight and Reform Committee will give Mr. Cohen, once one of Mr. Trump’s most loyal aides, a rare public platform to try to explain his work for the president, including an illegal scheme during the 2016 campaign to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with Mr. Trump. And it promises to provide House Democrats investigating Mr. Trump, his business and his administration with early fireworks to punctuate their efforts.
But Mr. Cohen — who has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, tax fraud and a campaign finance violation in the hush money scheme — will also face intense scrutiny from Republicans, who have already indicated that they plan to aggressively challenge his past work and credibility as a witness against the president.
The committee’s chairman indicated that after consultation with the Justice Department and the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Cohen would not be allowed to discuss matters related to Russia, including a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow under scrutiny by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.
So Cohen will not be asked any questions about Russian collusion, but before we get too disappointed get a load of the questions he is planning to answer in full which comes to us courtesy of this memo from the House Oversight Committee:
After consulting with the Department of Justice and with Rep. Adam Schiff, the
Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Chairman Cummings has
set the scope for the Oversight Committee’s hearing with Mr. Cohen to address the following
• the President’s debts and payments relating to efforts to influence the 2016
• the President’s compliance with financial disclosure requirements;
• the President’s compliance with campaign finance laws;
• the President’s compliance with tax laws;
• the President’s potential and actual conflicts of interest;
• the President’s business practices;
• the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.;
• the accuracy of the President’s public statements;
• potentially fraudulent or inappropriate practices by the Trump Foundation; and
• public efforts by the President and his attorney to intimidate Mr. Cohen or others
not to testify.
Mr. Cohen has agreed to testify voluntarily and in public before the Oversight
Committee. He will not be under subpoena
So we may not hear anything about Russia, but we are going to hear him testify about Trump’s compliance with campaign finance laws, compliance with tax laws, his business practices, conflicts of interest, his attempts to intimidate Cohen and his family, and much more.
No matter how you spin it, this feels a little like Christmas to me.
But I seriously doubt it feels that way to Donald Trump.