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Swalwell: Michael Cohen ‘knows where all the bodies are buried’

Greg Nash

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said Thursday that he believes calling former Trump attorney Michael Cohen back to testify again before lawmakers would be “instructive for the American people” to learn about any connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.

“I think Michael Cohen, as someone who lived in Trump’s three worlds — personal, political and financial — he knows where all the bodies are buried,” Swalwell said on CNN’s “New Day” the day after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for multiple crimes, including lying to Congress.

{mosads}Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee and is a fierce critic of President Trump, said he believes Cohen could shed light on what the then-candidate knew about Russia’s intentions to do business with him during the 2016 campaign, as well as whether Trump instructed him to lie about those dealings.

He acknowledged there’s no evidence at the moment that Cohen was instructed to lie, but noted that Cohen’s advisers have said he is willing to make more information public.

Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday for multiple federal crimes, including bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations he said he committed at Trump’s direction when he paid two women to keep quiet about alleged affairs. 

Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump property in Moscow, plans he initially said were scrapped in January 2016, but actually continued well into the presidential campaign.

Trump on Thursday morning denied that he ever directed Cohen to break the law.

Lanny Davis, an adviser and former attorney for Cohen, said on Thursday that he expects Cohen will testify before Congress again at some point, but not before special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“He won’t do anything until Mr. Mueller is done with his work and his report,” Davis said. “But the answer I’ve said publicly is that when the time comes, if he’s invited to tell the truth about Mr. Trump, probably to Congress, I believe — I can’t be certain — that he’ll say yes.”

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