US President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting between US and Chinese officials in the Oval Office of the White House January 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski - AFP)
Agence France-Presse

President Donald Trump sought to discredit his former lawyer Michael Cohen Thursday after the ex-aide’s bombshell congressional testimony in which he essentially called Trump a criminal.

“He lied a lot,” Trump told a press conference in Vietnam after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump insisted that Cohen’s testimony Wednesday had provided no evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia in the 2016 US election.

Cohen told the lawmakers he had no direct knowledge of collusion but that he had suspicions.

The president complained that the testimony took place during the summit with Kim.

“I think having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing,” Trump said.

Trump again insisted the probe into Russian collusion is a “hoax” and a “witch hunt.”

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