COHEN said this to Republicans: If you continue to follow PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, you will “suffer the same consequences that I’m suffering.”
FIRST OF ALL, it’s amazing to see members on both sides of the aisle repeatedly go down rabbit holes that elicit no new information.
SECOND POINT: Republicans mostly focused on tarnishing COHEN, highlighting that he had lied in his life, and to others to benefit himself. They didn’t really focus on defending TRUMP in any material way.
THIRD POINT: Cohen said DON JR., IVANKA and ERIC know everything about the Trump Organization. Is there any way CHAIRMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS (D-MD.) won’t call them to testify soon?
Congress is set to hear the testimony of President Donald Trump’s former fixer and attorney, Michael Cohen. It will undoubtedly attempt to cast Trump in the least favorable light, however now there is an idea of what’s in store.
The New York Times has obtained Cohen’s opening statement and and made it public. Below are ten things Cohen will allegedly reveal in the continuation of this witch hunt.
1. Cohen will pose that Trump is racist:
“He once asked me if I could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a ‘shithole.’ This was when Barack Obama was President of the United States.
“While we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way.
“And, he told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”
2. He will say Trump thinks little of his son:
“Mr. Trump had frequently told me and others that his son Don Jr. had the worst judgment of anyone in the world. And also, that Don Jr. would never set up any meeting of any significance alone – and certainly not without checking with his father.”
3. Vietnam draft dodging:
“Mr. Trump claimed it was because of a bone spur, but when I asked for medical records, he gave me none and said there was no surgery. He told me not to answer the specific questions by reporters but rather offer simply the fact that he received a medical deferment.
He finished the conversation with the following comment. ‘You think I’m stupid, I wasn’t going to Vietnam.’”
4 A lack of patriotism:
“The sad fact is that I never heard Mr. Trump say anything in private that led
me to believe he loved our nation or wanted to make it better. In fact, he did
“When telling me in 2008 that he was cutting employees’ salaries in half ― including mine ― he showed me what he claimed was a $10 million IRS tax refund, and he said that he could not believe how stupid the government was for giving ‘someone like him’ that much money back.”
5. Cheap tendencies:
“One of my more common responsibilities was that Mr. Trump directed me to call business owners, many of whom were small businesses, that were owed money for their services and told them no payment or a reduced payment would be coming. When I advised Mr. Trump of my success, he actually reveled in it.”
6. Knowledge of Stone and Wikileaks:
“In July 2016, days before the Democratic convention, I was in Mr. Trump’s office when his secretary announced that Roger Stone was on the phone. Mr. Trump put Mr. Stone on the speakerphone. Mr. Stone told Mr. Trump that he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange and that Mr. Assange told Mr. Stone that, within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Mr. Trump responded by stating to the effect of ‘wouldn’t that be great.’”
7. Lies to the FLOTUS:
“He asked me to pay off an adult film star with whom he had an affair, and to lie to his wife about it, which I did. Lying to the First Lady is one of my biggest regrets. She is a kind, good person. I respect her greatly – and she did not deserve that.”
8. Hush money claims:
“I am providing a copy of a $35,000 check that President Trump personally signed from his personal bank 14 account on August 1, 2017 – when he was President of the United States – pursuant to the cover-up, which was the basis of my guilty plea, to reimburse me – the word used by Mr. Trump’s TV lawyer ― for the illegal hush money I paid on his behalf. This $35,000 check was one of 11 check installments that was paid throughout the year – while he was President.
“The President of the United States thus wrote a personal check for the payment of hush money as part of a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws.”
9. A combative declaration:
“For those who question my motives for being here today, I understand. I have lied, but I am not a liar. I have done bad things, but I am not a bad man. I have fixed things, but I am no longer your ‘fixer,’ Mr. Trump.”
10. Lastly, a revelation:
“For the record:Individual #1 is President Donald J. Trump.”