Here is Michael Cohen's full prepared remarks on Congress


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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longstanding former lawyer and fixer, testified Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. These are his prepared remarks as published by the committee before speaking:

Chairman Cummings, Ranking Member Jordan, and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here today.

I have asked this committee to ensure that my family is protected from presidential threats and that the committee is sensitive to questions concerning ongoing investigations. Thank you for your help and for your understanding.

I am here under oath to correct the post, to answer the committee's questions truthfully and to offer the American people what I know of President Trump.

I recognize that some of you may doubt and attack me on my credibility. That is why I have incorporated documents into this opening statement that are irreversible and show that the information you want to hear is accurate and truthful.

Never for a million years did I imagine when I accepted a job in 2007 to work for Donald Trump that he would one day run for president, launch a campaign on a platform of hate and intolerance and actually win. I'm sorry the day I said "Yes" to Mr. Trump. I regret all the help and support I gave him along the way.

I am ashamed of my own mistakes and have publicly accepted the responsibility for them by being guilty of the Southern District of New York.

I am ashamed of my weakness and misplaced loyalty – of the things I did for Mr. Trump in an attempt to protect and promote him.

I am ashamed that I chose to participate in hiding Mr Trump's illegal actions instead of listening to my own conscience.

I'm ashamed, because I know what Mr Trump is.

He is racist.

He's a conman.

And he's a cheat.

He was a presidential candidate who knew that Roger Stone spoke to Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop on Democratic National Committee emails.

I will explain every few moments.

I give the committee more documents today. These include:

– A copy of a check that Mr Trump wrote from his personal bank account – after becoming president – to refund me for the big cash payments I made to cover his affair with an adult movie star and prevent damage to his campaign;

– Copy of the financial statements for 2011, 2012 and 2013 which he provided to such institutions as Deutsche Bank;

– A copy of an article with Mr Trump's handwriting on what reported the auction of a portrait by itself – he arranged the bidder beforehand and then the bidder refunded from his non-profit charitable foundation with image now hanging in one of his country clubs; and

– Copies of letters I wrote on Mr. Trump's direction threatened his high school, colleges and college so as not to release his characters or SAT scores.

I hope my appearance here today, my guilty plea, and my work with law enforcement agencies are steps along a path of redemption that will restore faith in me and help this country understand our president better.