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Trump is a 'racist,' 'conman' and 'cheat,' ex-lawyer Michael Cohen tells Congress

File photo of former personal attorney for US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Washington, DC, USA Feb 27, 2019, 09.19 PM (IST)

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime lawyer and fixer, assailed his former former boss as a "racist" and a  "conman" in explosive testimony before the US Congress Wednesday.

Addressing the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cohen -- who has been sentenced to jail for crimes related in part to his work for Trump -- expressed regret for his past loyalty.

"I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump's illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience," Cohen said.

"He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat."

Cohen said he was presenting "irrefutable" evidence of Trump's wrongdoing including a check reimbursing "hush money" paid to two women shortly before the 2016 election. 

He also said Trump directed negotiations for a Trump Tower in Moscow through the 2016 election campaign even while denying any business ties with the Russians.

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'I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump's illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience,' Cohen said.