Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, has testified before members of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday and, among others, called the U.S. President Donald Trump a racist and explained why.
In his 20-page submission to Congress, Cohen described Trump as a worse racist than perceived by the country.
“Mr. Trump is a racist. The country has seen Mr. Trump court white supremacists and bigots. You have heard him call poorer countries shitholes. He’s private, in private, he is even worse,” said the convicted personal counsel to Trump who has worked for the president from 2006 until May 2018.
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Cohen added: “He once asked me if I could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a shithole. This was when Barack Obama was President of the United States.
“And while we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way. And he told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid,” he testified, adding: “And yet, I continued to work for him”.
Cohen also called Trump a “conman” and “cheat” in the congressional hearing and gave reasons and evidence to support some of his accusations.
He started his testimony by stating that he protected Trump for a decade, but multiple factors contributed to his decision to start telling the truth. He also said he wouldn’t accept a pardon from President Trump.
Michael Cohen was employed by Trump as the vice-president of The Trump Organization, his personal counsel and previously served as co-president of Trump Entertainment board member of the Eric Trump Foundation for children’s health.
He was also the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee until he was investigated for the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Cohen pleaded guilty on August 21, 2018, to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud at the direction of Trump to influence the 2016 presidential election.
In 3 months, he entered a second guilty plea for lying to a Senate committee about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and a month later, he was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $50,000. He will start his sentence on May 6, 2019.
Watch the video of his testimony below: