Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, warned members of Congress Wednesday that there may be no peaceful transfer of power if the president loses the 2020 election.
Cohen said near the end of the daylong hearing that his concern that Trump wouldn't cede power peacefully was one of the reasons he decided to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
"Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power, and this is why I agreed to appear before you today," Cohen said.
Cohen worked as Trump's personal attorney and "fixer" for 10 years, but offered a blistering account of his work with the president Wednesday after pleading guilty in November to lying to Congress about when discussions over the Trump Tower Moscow deal had ended.
Cohen has since cooperated with investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
His comments regarding Trump and the transition of power is the first time someone who worked closely with the president has publicly cast doubt on whether Trump, facing an election loss, would peacefully hand over the power of the presidency to an opponent.
In the last weeks of the 2016 campaign, there were signs that then-candidate Trump would cast doubt on the results of the presidential election.