This will be the end of the public testimony. Cohen will testify privately tomorrow before the House Intelligence Committee.
The Cut reports:
Representative Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, asked Cohen how many times Trump had asked him to threaten an individual or entity on his behalf. What followed was a back and forth between the lawmaker and Cohen, where she asked a number and he replied “More,” until finally she asked, “500 times?” Cohen then replied, “Probably, over the ten years.” He then clarified, “And when you say threaten, I’m talking with litigation, or an argument … with a nasty reporter that is writing an article.”
Cohen said that doing Trump’s bidding with regard to the hush money payment to Daniels meant that he had to lie to Melania Trump. “He asked me to pay off an adult film star with whom he had an affair, and to lie to his wife about it, which I did,” Cohen said in his opening statement. “Lying to the first lady is one of my biggest regrets. She is a kind, good person. I respect her greatly — and she did not deserve that.”