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Cohen in Congress

Michael Cohen predicts if Trump loses in 2020, 'there will never be a peaceful transition of power'

President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, concluded his voluntary appearance before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday with a grave warning. "My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything," Cohen said, adding: "I will not sit back, say nothing, and allow him to do the same to the country. Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power, and this is why I agreed to appear before you today."

It was a dark final note to an often heated hearing, in which Cohen painted a picture of his former boss as a "racist," a "conman," and a "cheat."

"I pray the country doesn't make the same mistakes that I have made," Cohen said. Watch his concerning closing remarks, including his direct message to Trump, below. Jeva Lange