Cohen: Trump is a racist, conman, cheat

Michael Cohen, an ex lawyer and so called ‘fixer’ for Donald Trump, is testifying before the US congress.

MSNBC – Michael Cohen: ‘I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.’

For a preview of Cohen’s statement see this thread on Twitter:

In typical fashion Trump has responded in advance.

With help from family:

That’s rather ironic.

Cohen is answering questions through the day. Lunchtime summary (Guardian live)

In explosive public testimony before Congress, Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen has cast the president as a “racist” and a “conman” who engaged in criminal activity after taking office as president to cover up an illegal hush money payment to an adult film actor.

  • Cohen said Trump had prior knowledge that his longtime adviser, Roger Stone, was communicating with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election regarding the release of hacked Democratic emails.
  • He also said Trump was aware of the infamous Trump Tower meeting between members of his presidential campaign and a Russian lawyer.
  • Cohen, who spent a decade as the president’s fixer, testified publicly for the first time in detail about a six-figure sum that was paid to silence adult film actor Stormy Daniels, who alleged an affair with Trump.
  • Cohen presented checks he said were signed by the president and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, to reimburse him for the hush money payments.
  • Cohen also added that he was instructed by Trump to lie about the affair to the president’s wife, Melania Trump, stating: “Lying to the first lady is one of my biggest regrets because she is a kind, good person.”

Questioning is continuing.

Michael Cloud, Republican of Texas, takes over, and asks Cohen if he is aware of the significance of the date May 6.

Yes, Cohen says. It’s the day he is going to prison for three years.

Cloud runs through Cohen’s crimes, sticking to that trusty Republican playbook. How are we supposed to find anything out today, Cloud says, “when the best witness” we can summon has “already been convicted of lying before us”.

And then we’re back to this book deal. According to Cloud the deal – which Cohen does not currently have – will be worth millions of dollars.

The GOP plan seems to be two-pronged:

a) Cohen is a criminal, we can’t trust him and it’s a disgrace that he’s here,

b) Cohen is only doing this because he thinks he can make money from it.

Raja Krishnamoorthi, Democrat from Illinois: Nothing at the Trump organization was done unless it was run by Donald Trump, is that correct?

Cohen: “That’s 100% certain.”

Cohen says he cannot discuss that as it is being investigated by the Southern District of New York.

Krishnamoorthi asked Cohen for details on when he last spoke with Trump or his agents:

Cohen: “Unfortunately this topic is actually something that’s being investigated right now by the Southern District of New York, and I’ve been asked by them not to discuss and not to talk about these issues.”

Krishnamoorthi asks if there is any other wrongdoing or illegality by Trump that Cohen is aware of:

“Yes and again those are part of the investigation that’s currently being looked at by the Southern District of New York.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs

     /  28th February 2019

    There’s little that’s new or surprising or revelatory in Cohen’s testimony. Most of it has been said before about the trump swamp.

    What is surprising, or maybe not, is that there hasn’t been a single Republican who’s defended trump on the substance of Cohen’s testimony.

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    • Corky

       /  28th February 2019

      Keep your fingers crossed, Bloggs. This time you may be on to a winner..but then again, maybe not.

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      • Gezza

         /  28th February 2019

        Hard to know. The word of a liar who worked for a liar and con artist against the word of that liar and con artist. Good one America.

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        • Corky

           /  28th February 2019

          The best thing that ever happened to America.. I honestly couldn’t have survived another Obama clone in office.

          I see the Dems have filed to stop Trumpy accessing funds to build that badly needed wall.

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          • Gezza

             /  28th February 2019

            Do you think they might have gone off him?

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            • Corky

               /  28th February 2019

              I don’t know. All I know is I’d roll on the floor laughing if he gained a second term. That definitely isn’t out of left field given the nuts in the Democrat party.

              However, Trumpy is now on the slope of diminishing returns. Go for broke and try to get that wall finished, then not stand for a second term is what l’d do. Let America sink back into mediocrity and be an international joke.

              Of course Trumpy’s ego will not allow such a scenario. He’ll stand for a second term. Should he win, his place is assured as the greatest American president in living memory..I man who beat all odds.

              In the American way I trust.

            • Gezza

               /  28th February 2019

              The American way is Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan & dominating the globe militarily and economically. For the benefit of Americans. With
              hypocrisy the order of the day. Hence why Obama & now Trumpy like & want to sell arms to the Saudis & anybody else.

          • Gezza

             /  28th February 2019

            The best thing that ever happened to America.. I honestly couldn’t have survived another Obama clone in office.

            Might be right there.

            1. Nobody trusts them now, except the Israelis & the Saudis
            2. It seems to be imploding.

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  2. The Consultant

     /  28th February 2019

    … there hasn’t been a single Republican who’s defended trump on the substance of …

    Standard practice: defense puts you in a box, a debate framed by your opponents. Better to attack, attack, attack.

    The nuts and sluts strategy of the Democrats defending Bill Clinton in the late 90’s for example.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  28th February 2019

      Whatever. The GOP attack consists of two canned focus-grouped lines:

      1. trying to make out that Cohen’s a liar
      2. trying to suggest he’s doing it to make money on a book deal

      The irony is that Cohen’s lies protected trump for over ten years. This time Cohen has backed up his words with evidence.

      Still no defense of trump by the Republicans. They still refuse to pursue the truth wherever it may lead.

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      • The Consultant

         /  28th February 2019

        They still refuse to pursue the truth wherever it may lead.

        Now, now, Joe. That’s what Mueller is for.

        Or are you starting to lose faith in that angle of attack?

        You’d be part of a growing crowd if you were – hence Cohen. Gotta keep that drum beating at least until Nov 2020.

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        • Gezza

           /  28th February 2019

          Strategically speaking, continually doing everything they can to frustrate Trump is probably the best way to go, because it will keep him angrily tweeting and in all likelihood in amongst those, tweeting more blindingly obvious lies, & threats.

          While these make his core happy because they don’t care if he’s an awful person, it’s the swing voters who don’t want to keep a liar, con man, and bully in the oval office that they want to get to the polls to get rid of him in 2020.

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          • The Consultant

             /  28th February 2019

            ontinually doing everything they can to frustrate Trump is probably the best way to go,
            The Democrats already know that. They’ve known it since day 1. And it keeps their base “activated”.

            Trump did not know these things.

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            • Joe Bloggs

               /  28th February 2019

              “Trump did not know these things”

              Bullshit.

              By his own account he’s “like, really smart” and a “very stable genius” with an IQ that’s “one of the highest”.

              By his own account, trumpy knows everything, sees everything.

            • Gezza

               /  28th February 2019

              Yes he did. But he’ll carry on with his strategy. So all good. They are each betting theirs is the winning strategy. We’ll see who’s right in 2020. The Dems are going to have trouble picking a candidate – still, they could yet pull a winner out of the box. But the Republicans are stuck with Trump.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  28th February 2019

              David Corn is my new favourite DC journo

  3. Gezza

     /  28th February 2019

    Live link here.

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  4. Gezza

     /  28th February 2019

    Mrs MIller is appalled this committee is even listening to a convicted felon who is a known liar.

    She appears to be a Republican.

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    • Gezza

       /  28th February 2019

      It’s rather an odd situation, since listening to her President frequently involves listening to a know liar.

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  5. Patzcuaro

     /  28th February 2019

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  6. Finbaar Rustle

     /  28th February 2019

    Crooked Republican Lawyer v Crooked Republican President.
    Both accuse the other of wanting wealth fame and power.
    Most likely outcome.
    Both gain more publicity more wealth more fame more power.
    The American dream of power fame and wealth alive and well in the US of A.
    Would you like chips with that?

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  7. Patzcuaro

     /  28th February 2019

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  8. duperez

     /  28th February 2019

    Trump called his North Korean mate a “great president.” Was it reciprocated?

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  9. Finbaar Rustle

     /  28th February 2019

    Hitler and Stalin were all mates when they signed
    their German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact in March 1939.
    6 years and 50 million casualties later…

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  10. Joe Bloggs

     /  28th February 2019

    trump “frequently told [Cohen] and others that his son Don Jr had the worst judgment of anyone in the world”.

    No evidence to the contrary so far. Donnie Jr. has just retweeted Garrett Graaf’s tweet saying “Michael Cohen has no reason to lie.”

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  11. High Flying Duck

     /  28th February 2019

    Great line of testimony:

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  12. Joe Bloggs

     /  28th February 2019

    A line of questioning I’d love the Dems to follow:

    “Do you agree with Robert Mueller that you lied in your earlier testimony?”
    “Yes.”

    “Do you agree with Judge XXX who ruled that you lied and deceived the American people?”
    “Yes.”

    “So then you agree with Mr. Jordan that you committed these lies?”
    “Yes.”

    “OK. We all agree you lied. Now let’s talk about those lies in a little more detail. . . Your false testimony to Mr. Mueller, the federal courts, and this committee, was that Mr. Trump was innocent of any and all criminal behavior. Was that your false testimony?”
    “Yes.”

    “So in fact, your true testimony should have been that Mr. Trump had lied and deceived in order to hide embarrassing and criminal activity?”
    “Yes.”

    “Do you find it odd, then, that Mr. Jordan is upset that you didn’t truthfully tell that to Mr. Mueller, the federal courts, and this committee that Mr. Trump in fact committed illegal acts?”
    “That is indeed odd.”

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  13. Blazer

     /  28th February 2019

    Trump and his cohorts could possibly out ‘crook’ Nixon and Kissinger…although their body count probably can’t be…beaten.

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  14. Joe Bloggs

     /  28th February 2019

    The true colour of the GOP on display for all to see:

    Republican Matt Gaetz is now under investigation for witness intimidation, after his fact-free tweet about Cohen.

    Thankfully someone is standing up to these bullies.

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  15. duperez

     /  28th February 2019

    Love it! All various media stories about Cohen being a scumbag or his scumbag deeds being added to the official record as the permanent markers that he is a scumbag and not to be trusted.

    There’s a cartoon there, the truckload of dirty linen trundling down the freeway. And somewhere further back along the road is a veritable fleet of truck and trailers with similar. Thundering along, gradually going to come into view, the total train of Mack and Peterbuilt and Kenworth, fully laden. Dirty laundry of Citizen 1.

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  16. Joe Bloggs

     /  28th February 2019

    The name of Allen Weisselberg, the trumps’ longtime CFO, has come up repeatedly in Cohen’s testimony, particularly in relation to criminal dealings in the trump organisation.

    Just a reminder that Weisselberg was granted immunity by federal prosecutors as part of their investigation into Cohen.

    I’ve long said follow the money. How long before Weisselberg helps us do that…?

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  17. Joe Bloggs

     /  28th February 2019

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    • Gezza

       /  28th February 2019

      Said he hopes Cohen’s testimony today will make Trump a better Donald Trump. o_O

      Reply
  18. Gezza

     /  28th February 2019

    Chairman’s closing statement is a real performance. Hope that gets published. 😐

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  28th February 2019

      yass, a strong impassioned statement from Elijah Cummings – he’s had enough and made it plain for all to see – I’d love a transcript.

      Getting applause for his “this meeting is adjourned” is NOT AT ALL typical at a congressional hearing.

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    • The Consultant

       /  28th February 2019

      Elijah Cummings!!!!????

      Heh. The partisan POS did everything in his power to derail the investigations into Hillary Clinton. There was not a single parliamentary move he did not pull to evade, deflect and defend the corrupt vessel.

      Tribal, partisan politics, as per usual.

      And the American people, especially Democrat voters in the swing states, saw right through it, which is why Hillary went down to defeat in 2016.

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      • Gezza

         /  28th February 2019

        God, you’re a whiner, TC. Now he’s obviously seen the light, found Jesus, turned over a new leaf & doing everything he can to derail others trying to prevent investigations into Donald Trump you’re still complaining.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  28th February 2019

        1. the outcome of the investigations into Hillary Clinton was a big fat zero.

        2. Clinton won the popular vote – the vote of the American people – by almost 2.9 million votes

        Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin weren’t Clinton’s problem. Clinton went down to defeat in 2016 because the small white/religious/older/less educated central states have disproportionate voting power in the electoral college.

        Her problem was that each voter in New York cast one vote for president compared to each voter in Wyoming casting 28; each voter in Illinois cast one vote for president compared to each voter in Wyoming casting 21; and so on.

        That’s why 12 states plus Washington, DC, since 2016 have voted to eliminate the slave-era electoral college.

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      • The Consultant

         /  28th February 2019

        Ahhhhhh hahahahahaha.

        She knew the rules going in but was too stupid and arrogant to pay attention to her far smarter hubby about those swing states.

        Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin weren’t Clinton’s problem.
        Followed by…
        because the small white/religious/older/less educated central states have disproportionate voting power in the electoral college.
        Oh Gaaawwwddd. The EC again.

        Your two comments contradict eachother. Those states were her problem, as evidenced by the fact that Trump won them with barely more votes than McCain and Romney had scored in losing them. Clinton lost them because her vote totals were down – which means that Democrats themselves were repulsed at the idea of her being President, and she was too dumb and arrogant to even campaign in them much.

        That’s why 12 states plus Washington, DC, since 2016 have voted to eliminate the slave-era electoral college.
        An exercise in masturbation. They’ll need a Constitutional Amendment, which means 2/3rds of the House/Senate and 3/4 of the states.

        Good luck with that, especially in the face of the fact that miniorities being smashed by majorities is an even bigger problem now than it was during the Constitutional debates. Nobody wants to be told how to live their lives by the likes of the California fuckwits.

        Not that this has ever worried Lefty thugs anywhere – except when they’re the minority. Then it’s non-stop squealing about their rights being infringed.

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  28th February 2019

          That’s the thing with Cult-45ers – lying to protect trump has become the norm.

          There’s no point in arguing with you because you display a special kind of stupid – like Alan and Corky – that is impossible to match. You win hands down every time in that department.

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          • The Consultant

             /  28th February 2019

            Shorter Joe Bloggs:
            I got nuffink else except soundbite slogans

            That’s the thing about modern Leftists: you’ve run out of arguments because so much of what you always wanted has been implemented – and still the problems persist. But more of what you want will be just the ticket.

            Never mind: if Pelosi and Schumer are smart they’ll push that trillion dollar infrastructure bill they want. Trump will sign onto that in a heartbeat. We’ll see what you say about him if that happens.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  28th February 2019

      Gezz, I thought that AOC also spoke well. Good, clear, well-prepared questions that set the committee up to subpoena trump’s tax records, while also revealing the names of trump’s inner circle who might know about his fraudulent financial activities…. including the super-dodgy golf courses, and the asset-valuation scam he seems to be operating on the insurance companies and tax authorities.

      Not only that, but she also raised again the Washington Examiner/David Pecker “treasure trove of documents”.

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      • David

         /  28th February 2019

        AOC seems to have a raft of her own problems. There are issues with her campaign funding and her boyfriend and now chief of staff, she has craftily reduced salaries in her congressional office to below 80k so they wont be covered by mandatory disclosures. She may not live where she claimed she lived and is less than forthcoming but we know she claims to live on the moral high ground at least.
        I find her quite charming and very similar to our own Ardern, at the moment she is creating more issues for Pelosi than the Republicans. The claims that she is a socialist are hugely amusing when basically she is calling for something to the right of what NZ has. And good on her for her stance against Amazon, damn those 25000 well paying jobs in Queens when Whole Foods remains un unionized.

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      • Pink David

         /  28th February 2019

        “I’m the Boss!”

        AOC

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      • The Consultant

         /  28th February 2019

        “Spoke well????? Like Cindy?

        And Joe Bloggs has the gall to accuse people of being brain-dead Trump supporters.

        FFS. She’s as thick as two short planks and a hideous embarrassment to her Economics lecturers at Boston University. Sarah Palin had only said half as many stupid things in her six months of fame as this grinning, google-eyed idiot, and she’d already been toasted by the MSM.

        But this clown? She’s still getting raves from the likes of Joe Bloggs.

        The good news is that the rest of the Democrats – the not-insane-I-want-to-be-relected part of the Democrats – have begun to make it clear that they’ve had a gutsful. Pelosi’s dismissive back-hander of the New Green Deal being a classic of its type.

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  19. Pink David

     /  28th February 2019

    When is Cohen’s book coming out?

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  20. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th February 2019

    Cohen says he has no evidence of Russian collusion. Wasn’t that what Mueller was supposed to be investigating?

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  21. Patzcuaro

     /  28th February 2019

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