- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2019

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, declined to speak Thursday with reporters as he arrived for his third straight day of congressional testimony.

Cohen is appearing before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing — the final act concluding a dramatic week on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday, Cohen made his only public appearance testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

In that appearance, Cohen methodically laid out a detailed description of crimes he said Mr. Trump committed, including campaign violations and financial fraud.

He also accused the president of being a racist, a conman and a cheat.

Mr. Trump has been relatively quiet about the hearing. In a tweet, the president claimed Cohen is lying about him to get a better deal from prosecutors.

Thursday’s private hearing will give lawmakers a chance to grill Cohen about possible collision between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The former Trump fixer on Wednesday threw cold water on Democrats’ hope for a smoking gun in the Russia probe. He said he was unaware of any collusion with Russia, but he has his suspicions.

Cohen will begin a three-year sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations.

• Jeff Mordock can be reached at jmordock@washingtontimes.com.

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