President Donald Trump’s longtime fixer Michael Cohen has spoken for the last time before heading to prison for a series of tax and campaign finance charges.
Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday was one of the most high-profile hearings during Trump’s tenure so far.
At the beginning of the hearing, Cohen was reminded by House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings that “the days of…protecting the president at all costs are over.”
“I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat,” Cohen said in his opening statement.
He also revealed “a copy of a check Mr. Trump wrote from his personal bank account — after he became president — to reimburse me for the hush money payments I made to cover up his affair with an adult film star and prevent damage to his campaign.”
Dated August 1, 2017, the check was signed by President Trump for $35,000,…