By Mark Green
Published February 27, 2019
In the House Oversight and Reform Committee Wednesday, Democrats brought disgraced and disbarred attorney Michael Cohen up as their first witness to testify before Congress and make a long list of unproven accusations against President Trump.
Cohen, who was formerly President Trump’s personal attorney, is heading to prison in May for three years for lying to Congress, lying to the Internal Revenue Service to cheat on his taxes, and lying to financial institutions. And Cohen can’t claim he was wrongly convicted – he pleaded guilty to these crimes.
With all his lies over many years, it begs the question: what are the Democrats trying to do here? No one can seriously argue that Cohen as credible – by his own admission in his plea deal he has lied again and again and again.
I'm a member of the Oversight and Reform Committee and was among those questioning Cohen Wednesday. It’s clear to me that he will say whatever he wants to accomplish his own personal goals. You can’t believe a word he says and he can’t be trusted.
Now Cohen is taking advantage of live TV coverage of his committee testimony` to try to rehabilitate his image – probably so that one day he can rake in big bucks with a book, a movie or TV deal, and on the lecture circuit by telling more lies about President Trump.
For about 10 years, Cohen collected a big salary working for Donald Trump. Now he wants to profit more by working against President Trump, letting Democrats use him in their nonstop campaign to discredit, oppose – and possibly try to impeach – the duly elected president of the United States.
The chairman of the committee – Rep. Elijah Cumming, D-Md. – promised committee members and the American people a fair and open process during the hearing of Cohen’s testimony.
But the committee’s Democratic majority vastly limited the scope of the hearing. Democrats went so far to issue a gag order to try to tell members of the committee what we can and cannot talk about.
My Democratic colleagues claim that they want the truth, transparency and fair oversight. But Michael Cohen is that last person they should be calling as a witness if they are interested in getting to the truth.
If you read the sentencing report on Cohen, words like deceptive, greedy, and ambitious are scattered throughout. The report paints a picture of a narcissistic bully who cannot tell the truth, whether it’s about the president or about his own personal life.
If the Democrats were really going after the truth, they would have an honest witness. And if they were really going after the truth they would not restrict the questioning to just a few topics.
The first topic in the Democrats’ limited scope that I was allowed to ask Cohen about is the president’s debts.
But didn’t Cohen plead guilty to lying to banks about his own debts? So we’re asking a guy going to jail for lying about his debts to comment about the president’s debts. How does this make sense?
The Democrats said we could also ask Cohen about the president’s compliance with campaign finance laws. But Cohen has admitted to breaking campaign finance laws himself. How can he possibly be believed now?
In addition, the Democrats allowed us to question Cohen about the president’s dealings with the IRS and tax law. But Cohen admitted he broke the law with regards to the IRS five times. He pleaded guilty of cheating on his taxes and lying to the IRS. And he’s the best the Democrats have to look at the president’s taxes?
Cohen is a fake witness. His presence testifying before Congress is a travesty. Any fair-minded person should be able to see through this absurdity.