The Latest: GOP lawmaker apologizes for taunting Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

Florida Republican congressman Matt Gaetz says he’s apologized to Michael Cohen for taunting him about his private life.

Gaetz had tweeted on the eve of Cohen’s testimony Wednesday that new details would emerge about his private life and suggested Cohen speak to his wife about it.

Democrats complained that it sounded like Gaetz was threatening or intimidating a witness. Gaetz said that wasn’t his intention.

On Thursday, he said he also apologized to Cohen, saying, “I told him I’m sorry, I should not have mentioned his family.”

Gaetz added, “He asked me to publicly ask folks to leave his family alone and I thought that was a fair request.”


2:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he was a “little impressed” that his former personal attorney told Congress there was “no collusion” between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.

Michael Cohen told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that he had no “direct evidence” that Trump or his aides had colluded with Russia to get him elected. That’s the primary question of a nearly two-year investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller (MUHL’-ur). Cohen has turned on Trump and pleaded guilty to lying to Congress earlier to protect Trump.

Trump was in Vietnam on Thursday for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump says he tried to watch as much of Cohen’s marathon congressional hearing as he could. He slammed the hearing as “fake” and said it was a “terrible thing” for Democrats to hold it during his summit.


12:35 a.m.

A day after publicly casting President Donald Trump as a liar and a racist, his former attorney Michael Cohen is set to testify behind closed doors to the House intelligence committee.

Cohen’s testimony Wednesday to the House’s oversight committee was damning. The one-time fixer described what he said were incidents about which Trump lied, including the payment of hush money to women.

Cohen said Trump lied throughout the 2016 election campaign about his business interests in Russia and had advance knowledge that emails damaging to Hillary Clinton would be released during the campaign.

Cohen also claimed that Trump made denigrating remarks about black people.

Skeptical and at times hostile Republicans noted repeatedly that Cohen has already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress.

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