Former lawyer calls Trump a 'racist' and a 'con-man'

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Trump, delivers testimony to Congress against the president.

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Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen

In prepared testimony honed to deliver deep wounds to his onetime mentor and employer, Michael Cohen said President Donald Trump was a conman and a racist, and once again cited his father’s survival of the Holocaust to explain why he turned on Trump.

“My father survived the Holocaust thanks to the compassion and selfless acts of others,” Cohen said in a statement posted midnight and set to be delivered Wednesday in dramatic testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives. “He was helped by many who put themselves in harm’s way to do what they knew was right.”

“Mom and Dad … I am sorry that I let you down,” the testimony says.

Cohen was Trump’s longtime lawyer and his fixer. He has pleaded guilty to fraud and violating campaign finance laws when he paid off Trump’s alleged mistresses to keep silent and to lying to Congress about how long into the presidential campaign Trump was working on a business deal in Russia.

Trump, Cohen says in the testimony, “mesmerized” him, but now on reflection, he believes the man he once said he would take a bullet for “is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.”

Cohen alleges among other incidents that Trump directed money from a charitable foundation to be used to buy a portrait of himself; that Trump knew that a friend and former aide, Roger Stone, was soliciting Russian intervention in the election; that Trump directed him to threaten schools and the College Board not to release his grades and scores; and that Trump casually and repeatedly derided blacks.