Cohen Knows What Trump Is Capable Of. His Testimony Should Terrify Us

Clockwise Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn Nir Hefetz Shlomo Filber

When President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, testified before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, two of the Republicans who questioned him the most aggressively were Rep. Jim Jordan of OH and North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows (who heads the far-right House Freedom Caucus).

Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, spoke publicly on Capitol Hill this week to reveal details about what he alleges was criminal conduct on the part of the president.

At a news conference following the conclusion of a summit in Hanoi with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - which produced no agreement on denuclearization - Trump said Cohen "lied a lot" in the congressional hearing.

Cohen has already met seven times with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's prosecutors as part of the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election.

This was the backdrop to Wednesday's remarkable theater, with the president's ex-fixer Michael Cohen spelling out Trump crimes old and new, with the parties lined up in their usual fashion.

"He lied about so many different things, I was actually impressed he didn't say, 'I think there was collusion'".

Schiff said the panel also will talk to Felix Sater, a Russian-born property developer and former business associate of Trump, in a public session on March 14 to talk about efforts to build a Trump tower in Moscow.

Cohen also said some things in Trump's favor.

Asked Wednesday who else knew about Trump providing inflated assets to an insurance company, Cohen said, "Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari".

Cohen, shaking off incessant criticism from Republicans anxious to paint him as a felon and liar, became the first Trump insider to pull back the curtain on a version of the inner workings of Trump's political and business operations.

They claimed Cohen and the Democrats are out to destroy Trump and that he is seeking a lesser prison sentence for his crimes.

Cohen also traced out some of the pathways federal prosecutors could pursue toward potential bank fraud or insurance fraud by Trump's business or its executives.

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In an earlier post on Facebook, Patton said she was sad that Cohen would "levy unsubstantiated claims-particularly those of bigotry and racism".

And he said he was left with the impression Trump wanted him to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate project, though the president never directly told him so.

Cohen held his own against fiery attacks during the hearing, castigating Republicans for avoiding serious questions about Trump.

Cohen testified, "I was extremely proud to be the personal attorney for the president of the United States of America". That's the testimony that gave rise to his guilty plea for lying to Congress about the timing of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations.

If they were named by Cohen, "they have a good chance of hearing from us", Cummings told reporters on Thursday, adding decisions have yet to be made by Democrat leadership whether individuals would be called, and whether for private interviews or public hearings.

"T$3 here is no amount of money in the world that would make me work for a man who I thought-or even suspected-harbored bigoted ideologies", she said in her post, praising Trump for raising "five of the most unbiased and open-minded children I've ever known".

In a statement, Sekulow called Cohen's comments "completely false". "I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is".

When Cohen was asked if Trump knew about the reimbursement method, he testified: "He knew about everything".

Eric Trump also tweeted a Republican Party video about Cohen with the title, "Have Fun in Prison!"

Joy said he thinks the Oversight Committee should do its job, which is oversight and government reform, and if someone must come in to testify, to call in deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to find out what is happening at the Department of Justice. The emails turned out to have been stolen by Russian hackers.

Trump responded by saying "wouldn't that be great", Cohen said. Cohen said. "Yes, but I'm not really sure I can answer that question in terms of collusion".


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