Let’s get serious about the Cohen testimony

Michael Cohen’s testimony to the House Oversight Committee was uncontradicted.

The former personal attorney of the president of the United States today accused Trump 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 — for example:

  • Did Trump direct payoffs to a porn star?  Trump denied it.  It’s true.
  • Was the Trump Organization pursuing a hotel project in Moscow while he was running for president? Trump denied it.  It’s true.
  • Did his campaign meet with someone claiming to be an agent of the Russian state to seek dirt on Hillary Clinton?  Trump denied it.  It’s true.
  • Was there fraud at the Trump Foundation? Trump denied it.  It’s true.

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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.

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 plausible that the most pro-Trump Republicans on the Oversight Committee did not challenge Cohen.

 

Cohen’s testimony may not all prove correct. But all of it is plausible—and not a word of it has been contradicted or refuted.