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Trump says Cohen "lied a lot" during "fake" hearing

What a small vocabulary he has.


Rebecca Falconer
45 mins ago
Trump says Cohen "lied a lot" during "fake" hearing
President Trump says his former lawyer Michael Cohen's claims are "inaccurate."

Accusations President Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen made during testimony in Congress were "inaccurate," Trump said early Thursday after his summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un ended.

Why it matters: This is the first time Trump has commented on the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing beyond a tweet before the testimony. Observers say the hearing was a distraction for Trump, who said he watched as much as he could of the testimony, during which Cohen called the president a "racist," a "conman" and a "cheat." "Having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing,” Trump said from Hanoi, Vietnam, where he failed to reach a deal with Kim. "He lied a lot but it's very interesting because he didn't lie about one thing: He said no collusion with Russia. I said, 'I wonder why he didn’t lie about that too like he lied about everything else."
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Feb 28, 2019, 05:45 AM (18 replies)

David Frum: Uncontradicted


Republicans on the House Oversight Committee impugned the integrity of Trump’s former lawyer—but failed to defend the president from his key charges.
5:29 PM ET
David Frum

Michael Cohen’s testimony to the House Oversight Committee was uncontradicted. The former personal attorney of the president of the United States today accused him of a litany of crimes, improprieties, immoralities, and betrayals of national security. And not one Republican member of the committee breathed one word in defense of the leader of their party.

Those Republicans have learned the hard way never to trust President Donald Trump’s denials.

Did he direct payoffs to a porn star? Trump denied it. It was true.

Was the Trump Organization pursuing a hotel project in Moscow while he was running for president? Trump denied it. That was true too.

Did his campaign meet with someone claiming to be an agent of the Russian state to seek dirt on Hillary Clinton? Denied. True.

Was there fraud at the Trump Foundation? Denied. True.


The Republican case against Cohen was to reiterate over and over that Cohen is a convicted liar. As he is. As are Trump’s campaign chairman, Trump’s deputy campaign chair, and Trump’s first national security adviser. It’s bold to cite the criminality of so many of Trump’s associates—and maybe more to come—as proof of Trump’s innocence.

And obviously the Republican committee members know it. None of them would dare say that Trump is truthful in speech or honest in business. None would say it is impossible he said the things about black Americans that Cohen alleges he said. Even the allegations Cohen could not corroborate are all so hideously plausible that the most pro-Trump Republicans on the Oversight Committee shied from gainsaying them.

Cohen’s testimony may not all prove correct. But all of it is plausible—and not a word of it has been contradicted, let alone refuted.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 27, 2019, 07:51 PM (9 replies)

Pierce: The Republican Party Completely and Utterly Disgraced Itself at Michael Cohen's Hearing


The Republican Party Completely and Utterly Disgraced Itself at Michael Cohen's Hearing
The questioning from these products of the conservative bubble world was so bad it made a career hoodlum look good.
By Charles P. Pierce
Feb 27, 2019

WASHINGTON—On July 24, 1974, a congressman named Thomas Railsback leaned into the microphone in front of him on the broad, curving dais of the House Judiciary. Railsback was a Republican from Moline, Illinois. The issue before him that night was whether to vote to send to the full House of Representatives articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, a Republican from California who, at that moment, was the President of the United States. You could see the anguish on Railsback's face the way you can see the current still running in a river that is only thinly iced. "I wish," Railsback said in a ragged voice,"that the president could do something to absolve himself." Then, Tom Railsback, Republican of Illinois, voted "Yea" on all three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon.

I mention this bit of history only to illustrate how utterly and completely the Republican Party disgraced itself on Wednesday when Michael Cohen, the current president*'s former king fixer, sat before the House Oversight Committee to describe some of the garish and baroque offenses against the law and the republic committed by Donald Trump. There was not a single Railsback to be found. Not one Republican asked a question about the specific offenses that Cohen had illuminated in his opening statement.

Instead, they hammered away at Cohen's own crimes—which, of course, did nothing but remind the folks watching at home on whose behalf Cohen had told so many lies and paid off so many women. They spent great chunks of their time trying to get Cohen to promise he wouldn't sign a book deal after he gets out of the federal sneezer in three years. Rep. Michael Cloud of Texas told Cohen that any subsequent book deal would be "kind of sweet," as though he'd be willing to spend three years in a federal prison if an editor from Random House would be waiting on the day he got out.


This was a vivid look into the chronic ward of the prion disease that has eaten away the higher functions of American conservatism—and, thus, those of the Republican Party as well—since Ronald Reagan first served up the monkey brains almost 40 years ago. These are the complete creatures of the talk-show culture, the perfect products of two and three generations of gerrymandered in-breeding. These are the monsters from inside The Bubble. You could see this moment coming during the Obama years, in which the country returned the two worst Congresses in American history, full to the gunwales with Bible-banging crazy people. Sooner or later, this was going to be all that was left, and it was going to have to confront a serious crisis with unserious people. That's what Wednesday was about.

As for Cohen, he gave as good as he got, and it was easy to forget for a moment what a bought-and-paid-for hoodlum he'd always been. He did the contrition dance deftly and, by and large, managed to stay cool under Meadows's provocation and Jordan's idiocies. He even did a better job debunking some of the alleged Trump misdeeds—love-children, the mysterious meeting in Prague—than the Republicans on the commitee bothered to do. There was something about him that yearned for the old days when he was sitting around Trump Tower with the boss, paying off porn stars and threatening high-school records offices. It would have been poignant if it wasn't all as sordid as the worst brothel on the Singapore docks.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 27, 2019, 07:09 PM (23 replies)

Rep. Jim Jordan, Alleged Campus Sexual Abuse Ignorer, Attacks Michael Cohen's Character

February 27, 2019 2:42PM ET
Rep. Jim Jordan, Alleged Campus Sexual Abuse Ignorer, Attacks Michael Cohen’s Character
In light of damning allegations against Rep. Jim Jordan, many were outraged by his attacks on Michael Cohen’s character during congressional testimony on Wednesday.
By EJ Dickson

Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio) is many things: an ardent climate change denier, a fierce opponent of reproductive rights, an advocate for “traditional” marriage and a staunch defender of the President’s right to straight-up lie to the American people. He is also alleged to be something else: an ignorer of rampant campus sexual abuse, per 2018 reports that Jordan turned a blind eye to Ohio State University wrestlers’ allegations against a team doctor during his time as an assistant coach at OSU. (In 2018, Ohio State hired a law firm to conduct an ongoing investigation into the claims; the investigation is “nearing its conclusion,” per the campus newspaper the Ohio State University Lantern.)

That’s in part why people were taken aback when, during former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Jordan started attacking Cohen by undermining his credibility and raising questions about his character.

During his remarks, Jordan pointed out that Cohen had already admitted to lying to Congress before, thus undermining the credibility of his testimony. “This might be the first time someone convicted of lying to Congress has appeared again so quickly in front of Congress,” he said. (Cohen is set to start a three-year prison term for lying to Congress, in addition to charges of tax evasion and campaign finance violation, in May.) Jordan also hinted that Cohen was part of a larger left-wing conspiracy to destroy President Trump, alleging that Cohen was a “patsy” for the Democrats.

Jordan also alleged that Cohen’s statement of remorse during his testimony was “nonexistent”: “He just debated a member of Congress, saying, ‘I really didn’t do anything wrong with the false bank things that I’m guilty of and going to prison for.'”

Cohen did not take kindly to Jordan’s attacks, saying in his testimony, “I pled guilty and I take responsibility for my actions. Shame on you, Mr. Jordan.” On social media, many people found Jordan’s behavior galling, particularly in light of allegations that Jordan, who served as assistant wrestling coach to the OSU wrestling team from 1987 to 1995, had turned a blind eye to sexual abuse allegations against team doctor Dr. Richard Strauss. Many were quick to point out Jordan’s apparent hypocrisy:


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 27, 2019, 06:38 PM (3 replies)

dt blindsided?

Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 27, 2019, 03:39 PM (14 replies)

This Exchange From the Michael Cohen Hearing Should Worry Donald Trump


This Exchange From the Michael Cohen Hearing Should Worry Donald Trump
Trump’s former lawyer says he knows of other criminal acts by the president that are under investigation by prosecutors.
Russ Choma
February 27, 2019 1:38 PM

Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen testified under oath today that he knows of other criminal activity committed by the president—but he can’t talk about it because it’s currently being investigated by federal prosecutors.

The revelation came during questioning by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) early Wednesday afternoon.

“Is there any other wrongdoing or illegal act that you’re aware of regarding Donald Trump that we haven’t yet discussed today?” Krishnamoorthi asked.

Cohen did not miss a beat. “Yes, and those are part of the investigation that is currently being looked at by the Southern District of New York,” Cohen replied, referring to federal prosecutors in New York City whom he has previously cooperated with.

While Cohen’s response was short on details, it has potentially huge implications. Cohen said investigators have asked him not to go into the details of the other illegal acts.

Watch the exchange between Cohen and Krishnamoorthi below:
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 27, 2019, 03:25 PM (3 replies)

Republicans can't defend Trump against the substance of Cohen's attacks

Republicans can’t defend Trump against the substance of Cohen’s attacks
All they can do is try to paint Cohen as a liar.
By Zack Beauchamp@zackbeauchampzack@vox.com Feb 27, 2019, 1:15pm EST

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday morning has been damning — both for President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress.

Cohen has testified that Trump knew about illegal hush money payments to Stormy Daniels during the campaign, knew about Wikileaks’ dump of Hillary Clinton’s emails before they happened, and repeatedly said racist things in private. He has painted a picture of the president as a greedy, untrustworthy, cruel man who cares nothing for the country that he leads.

The Republicans on the committee, led by ranking Rep. Jim Jordan (OH), have spent limited time engaging Cohen on the specifics of these charges. Their responses have instead focused overwhelmingly on trying to discredit Cohen personally as a liar acting out of self-preservation — pointing out that he has pled guilty to lying to Congress before. One Republican even trotted out a poster of Cohen’s face with the caption “liar, liar, pants on fire.”

But the logic underlying this charge is profoundly wrong. The fact that Cohen lied before, and even committed financial crimes, doesn’t mean that he is doing it now. Time and again, when Republicans pressed Cohen on why he might be lying this time, they could not come with a persuasive explanation — leading to House members flailing as Cohen shot down their arguments.

The best argument that Republicans could come up with concedes that Trump employed a guy to lie and commit crimes for him for years, yet still fails to successfully indict his current testimony. That this is the best Trump’s defenders in the House GOP caucus could up with shows just how brutal Cohen’s testimony is for the White House.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 27, 2019, 03:03 PM (1 replies)

Gosar v. Cohen


Exchange of the Day
February 27, 2019 at 12:21 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

ABC News captured this exchange between Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Michael Cohen during today’s House Oversight Committee hearing:

GOSAR: You’re a pathological liar. You don’t know truth from falsehood.

COHEN: Sir, I’m sorry, are you referring to me or the President?
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 27, 2019, 02:55 PM (7 replies)

House Panel Wants to Question Trump's Tax, Ethics Lawyers: Report


House Panel Wants to Question Trump’s Tax, Ethics Lawyers: Report

The House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee seeks to depose Trump’s tax attorney and his White House ethics counsel, according to letters sent to the pair cited Wednesday by Reuters. The targets of the deposition are his long-serving tax lawyer Sheri Dillon and Stefan Passantino, his former deputy White House counsel in charge of compliance and ethics. The panel reportedly plans to probe the pair on a number of issues, including the president’s financial ethics disclosures, payments to former fixer Michael Cohen, and personal finances, and could focus specifically on when Trump reported making payments to Michael Cohen in ethics disclosure forms. The letters were reportedly sent just hours before Cohen is scheduled to appear before the committee, and deliver what will likely be blockbuster allegations against Trump.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 27, 2019, 12:01 PM (2 replies)

Trump Will Stay Up All Night to Watch Cohen Testimony

Oh, goody, he's watching. I imagine tweets are forthcoming.


Trump Will Stay Up All Night to Watch Cohen Testimony
February 27, 2019 at 8:14 am EST By Taegan Goddard

White House aides know that Michael Cohen will be a huge spectacle today, and that it is going to overshadow much of what the president does at his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, CNN reports.

The expectation, according to a senior White House official, is that Trump “will stay up overnight in Hanoi and watch.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:51 AM (1 replies)
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