Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Trump, publicly testified to Congress this week. Cohen went into careful and substantiated detail about his dealings as Trump’s attorney.
The highlights included previously known things like the President’s alleged affairs with multiple women, including former porn star Stormy Daniels. Hush-money is not uncommon in politics and even entertainment.
However, campaign finance laws in politics have a lot of legal complications.
Cohen also touched on examples of Trump’s character. Cohen referred to Trump as a racist, conman and a cheat.
But the new developments came in detail and context of how Trump made these statements. As predicted, the Republicans on the committee attacked Cohen, saying he had no credibility because he had previously lied to Congress and has a prison sentence pending.
The irony that seemed to evade Republicans on the committee, was that Cohen was actually lying on Trump’s behalf and Cohen confirmed that at the hearing. Cohen didn’t just come into the hearing blurting out accusations, Cohen brought receipts. Of the many documents submitted to Congress was the actual check Trump wrote to reimburse him for the payoff to Stormy Daniels.
Some Republicans defense of Trump was weak. Republican Mark Meadows even pulled the infamous “I have a black friend” card to defend Trump against Cohen’s accusation of racism. Meadows cited a black HUD official, Lynne Patton, Trump Jr’s former wedding planner, as a rebuttal to the racism charge. Ultimately, the hearings are reflective of the pure political turpitude that this administration has made normal.