Michael Cohen testifies before Congress: Politics Daily
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It’s Wednesday February 27.
“Every day most of us knew we were going to come in and lay down on something.”
During a mad day on Capitol Hill, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and self-proclaimed “fixer”, testified before the House Oversight Committee about his work for Trump. Journalists, Hill staff and members of the public, including a World War II veteran celebrating his 100th birthday, gathered in the hallway of the Rayburn House office building outside the room where The audience was going, trying to catch a glimpse of Cohen. More information on what we learned from his testimony, below.
Meanwhile, the House passed a major gun control bill aimed at strengthening background checks for gun sales – the most sweeping gun control legislation considered since. more than two decades. His path through the Senate, however, is bleak.
And President Trump is in Vietnam, opening the first day of talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Fill gaps : Ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, Michael Cohen released a copy of his written testimony, in which he described the president as a “racist,” a “crook” and a “cheater.” Cohen also alleged that Trump was aware of conversations with WikiLeaks about hacked emails regarding Hillary Clinton – which the president previously denied – and said Trump received a copy of a check reimbursing him for secret money payments. He also said the president ordered him to lie to Congress, and that the president was aware of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
Is he telling the truth? : Cohen faced questions from Republicans and Democrats, both of whom probed whether Cohen had admittedly lied in the past. Democrats have asked him to speculate on the president, and Republicans have questioned his credibility. Here are some of his salient remarks:
1. “Nothing has happened to the Trump Organization … that has not been passed on by Mr. Trump with his approval and approval.” In an exchange with Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney, Cohen described how Trump oversaw all activities within his companies, including, allegedly, hidden cash payments to women he had relationships with.
2. “Ask Mrs. Patton how many black people are Trump Organization executives?” And the answer is zero, ”Cohen said, speaking with Republican Rep. Mark Meadows about whether the president was racist.
3. There was “no doubt in my mind,” Cohen said when President and Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings asked him if he had “any doubt” that President Trump knew that a check he had written had been used to reimburse Cohen’s secret payment to a woman Trump was having an affair with.
4. “Look what happened to me. I have had a wonderful life. I have a beautiful wife and two amazing children. I achieved financial success at the age of 39. I didn’t go to work for Mr. Trump because I had to. I went to work for him because I wanted to. And I lost everything, ”he said, expressing regret for his work for Trump.
Learn more about the highlights of the hearing.
Sidney Walton, a WWII veteran celebrating his 100th birthday outside the Michael Cohen audience. (Elaine J. Godfrey via Twitter)
Two visions of a single presidency, by David Frum
“This preference for anonymity has started to end. On the same day, January 29, Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey and Trump ally, released a memoir of his political career, Let me finish, and former Trump communications assistant Cliff Sims published an account of his service to Trump’s White House, Viper team. Each book featured stories that were in the news. → Read on.
My journal died 10 years ago. I’m afraid the worst is yet to come, by JoTemple of hn
“I feel like a ghost. I have one foot in a world that no longer exists. When my students look at me, they don’t know where I’m from, and he disappeared only 10 years ago. I’m a survivor of the waning metro newspaper era with knowledgeable beat reporters, reporters who have spent years developing their expertise in courts, local government or schools. → Read on.
Is Bernie Sanders a Leftist or a Moderate ?, by Conor Friedersdorf
“In summary, one cannot draw easy conclusions about how Democrats will understand Sanders’ candidacy – or gauge his chances of defeating President Donald Trump – just knowing whether they want a more centrist or leftist party. ” → Read on.
What else we read
?? The late death of “democratic pragmatism”“, by Alex Shephard, The New Republic
?? White House bans four journalists from covering Trump-Kim dinner, by Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey, The Washington Post (🔒paywall)
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