Michael Cohen (L), former personal lawyer for US President Donald Trump, leaving federal court on August 21, 2018, in New York and US President Donald Trump (R) arriving to deliver remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC on February 15, 2019. - Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen will tell Congress Wednesday February 27, 2019 that the president is a 'racist' and 'conman' and knew in advance that WikiLeaks would publish dirt on Hillary Clinton, US media reported. (DON EMMERT,BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (all times local):
President Donald Trump is lashing out at his former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, before Cohen testifies at a public hearing.
Trump is distancing himself from Cohen in a tweet from Hanoi, Vietnam, where he has traveled for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump insists Cohen was just "one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately)." He also says Cohen "had other clients also" and "did bad things unrelated to Trump."
Cohen plans to tell a House committee on Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and that Trump is a "racist," a "conman" and a "cheat." That's according to prepared testimony obtained by The Associated Press.
Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a project in Russia. Trump accuses Cohen of now lying to reduce his prison sentence.