The February 27, 2019 congressional testimony of former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen for Trump was a sweeping and dramatic condemnation of the President.
After hours of questioning and testimony, the words in his opening statement were the most quoted and will be most remembered and include:
“I got to know [Trump] very well, working very closely with him for more than 10 years, as his Executive Vice President and Special Counsel and then personal attorney when he became President.”
“I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience.
I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is.
He is a racist.
He is a conman.
He is a cheat.”
Below is the link to the full transcript of the opening statement.
After the opening statement, all hell broke loose with the committee’s Republicans repeatedly attacking Michael Cohen’s credibility accusing him of being a liar, a convicted felon and a disbarred attorney.
More than two-thirds of Republican questioning at the Cohen hearing was attacking Cohen.
Congressman Jim Jordan (Ohio), the Ranking Republican Member of the House Oversight Committee, took the lead in attacking Cohen.
Jordan has been serving in the House since 2007 and he is a founding member of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus that is a staunch defender of all things Trump, including believing and then promoting all of Trump’s lies to the public, especially the declaration of a national emergency to build the wall on the boarder with Mexico.
Repeatedly the Republicans on the committee asked why they should believe what he was testifying to under oath seeing as he was convicted of lying to congress before.
The Republicans on the committee acted shocked and outrage as if they had never heard such accusation before, even though Cohen presented documented proof of what he said.
Absolutely no one should be surprised that no Republican on the committee wanted to believe what Cohen testified to under oath when the Republican Party did not believe what the 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney had to say just 3 years ago about Trump.
On March 3, 2016, Mitt Romney in a televised speech denouncing Trump had this to say:
“Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. … His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat. … dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark … [his] bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.”
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United Senator Mitt Romney needs to be reminded what he said about Trump and we all need to hope he will not hesitate to vote to convict Donald Trump of Obstruction of Justice charged in articles of impeachment to remove Trump from office.