Trump’s longtime fixer and attorney-turned-enemy is testifying in front of the House Oversight Committee today and has already called his former boss “racist” and a “conman”, two descriptors that are surprising to exactly nobody who has been paying attention to Donald Trump’s behavior and rhetoric over the past few decades.
From the start, Cohen made it clear that he intends to expose all of Trump’s wrongdoing that he was privy to, a scorched earth approach that feels justified given the way the president attacked and demeaned him over the past few months.
The Republican performance during the hearing has been even more disgraceful than expected, with Ranking Member of the Committee Jim Jordan, in particular, going out of his way to shield the president. He and his colleagues have shown they have no interest in the truth and are working only to protect their party’s disastrous and clearly guilty leader. As has become the norm for the GOP: party comes before country.
Luckily, the Democrats are determined to uncover what Cohen’s knows about the president’s criminality and so far are doing a sterling job of it.
At one point Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) asked if the involvement of Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. in the shady plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, Russia means it’s possible that the whole family became “conflicted or compromised by a foreign adversary” in the months before the election.
“Yes,” said Cohen with no hesitation, throwing the entire family under the bus with one simple word.
This is the same deal that Cohen asserted Trump directed him to lie to Congress about, which if true means the president committed a felony by suborning perjury.
While it’s a short answer, the conviction with which Cohen delivered it, added to the fact that he has had close working proximity to the Trump family for years and knows what kind of people they are and how they operate, gives his answer specific weight.
Ivanka is one of the few people within President Trump’s inner circle who has somehow managed to avoid the bad press and public accusations of criminality that have ensnared much of the administration. Unfortunately for her, that all just changed. Now would be a smart time to hire a laweyer…or two.
Now, more than ever, it seems possible that the entire vile Trump clan could go down in the end. For America’s sake, let’s hope that’s the case.
.@DWStweets: "If Trump and his daughter Ivanka and son Donald Jr. are involved in the Russian Trump Tower deal, is it possible the whole family is conflicted or compromised with a foreign adversary in the months before the election?"
COHEN: "Yes" pic.twitter.com/VVQe6DWdWP
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 27, 2019