President Donald Trump called his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen - who was sentenced to three years in prison after cooperating with prosecutors in several investigations, including the so-called "Russia probe" - a "rat" on Twitter.
Democrats, who are taking over the House in January, don't share that view and they want Cohen to testify before Congress. "But you know, I could be dead". American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russian Federation was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the campaign that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential effort.
"I'm hoping that Mr. Cohen will come before the Congress, where he can tell the American public exactly what he has been saying to Mueller and others, without interfering with the Mueller investigation", Cummings said on CNN's "State of the Union". "Unless you're God, you'll never know what the truth is". "The man is pathetic", Giuliani said of Cohen.
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Trump denies having affairs with the women who were paid off just weeks before the election in which Trump beat Hillary Clinton. Cohen was sentenced after telling a federal judge that his "blind loyalty" to Trump led him to "cover up his dirty deeds".
Still, Cohen maintains the point of the payment was to influence the election.
The President's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, claims the prosecutors at the southern district of NY do not have any evidence to back up the guilty plea of Michael Cohen. The FBI obtained a warrant for the raid after a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
However, Giuliani told ABC News he wasn't allowed to speak on the matter.
Trump compared his situation to one involving President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.
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Melania Trump andDonald Trump walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House November 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. The tradition of a Christmastime visit to Children's National dates back more than 60 years to first lady Bess Truman.
But legal analysts said the accusations against Trump could amount to a felony because they revolve around an alleged conspiracy to hide payments from campaign contribution reports - and from voters.
Trump has not yet laid out a detailed defense, though he could conceivably argue that the payments were made not for the purposes of advancing his campaign but rather to prevent salacious stories from emerging that would be personally humiliating to him and harm his marriage.
Davis was Cohen's attorney last summer when he pleaded guilty to fraud and violating campaign finance laws by paying hush money to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels.
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Trump said he would be "proud" to take ownership over shutting down the federal government over border security and wall funding. The president reiterated he is willing to let government funding run out if he does not get adequate money for the border wall.