What We’re Following Today
It’s Wednesday, February 27.
In a wild day on Capitol Hill, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and self-described “fixer,” testified before the House Oversight Committee about his work for Trump. Reporters, Hill staffers, and members of the public—including a World War II veteran celebrating his 100th birthday—piled into the hallway of the Rayburn House Office Building outside the room where the hearing was taking place, trying to catch a glimpse of Cohen. More on what we learned from his testimony, below.
Meanwhile, the House passed a major gun-control bill aimed at bolstering background checks for firearms sales—the most sweeping gun-control legislation considered in more than two decades. Its path through the Senate, however, is dim.
And President Trump is in Vietnam, opening the first day of talks with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
Filling in the Gaps: Ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, Michael Cohen released a copy of his written testimony, in which he described the president as a “racist,” a “conman,” and a “cheat.” Cohen also alleged that Trump knew of conversations with WikiLeaks over hacked emails relating to Hillary Clinton—which the president has previously denied—and said that Trump received a copy of a check reimbursing him for hush-money payments. He also said that the president directed him to lie to Congress, and that the president was aware of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.