As former Trump attorney Michael Cohen sat waiting to give his public testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee, Republican members of the committee did their best to prevent him from giving his testimony – so damning to President Trump — in front of an audience of Democratic representatives and the public at large so eager to hear what he had to say.
First, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) angrily moved to halt the hearing by claiming that committee protocol had been violated because copies of Mr. Cohen’s prepared statement had not been given to Republican members of his committee 24 hours in advance, early enough for them to adequately prepare for questioning the now adversarial Trump insider.
Now that Democrats are in the majority in the House, Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) now had the power — and the votes – to call for a successful vote to table the Freedom caucus member’s motion. Rep. Cummings pointed out that the Republicans on the committee “have made it clear that you don’t want the American people to hear what Cohen has to say.”
Cummings went on to say that despite the fact that Michael Cohen had pled guilty to lying to Congress in his previous testimony, “the American people can judge his credibility for themselves.”
After Cummings made his opening statement, he yielded the floor to the ranking GOP member of the committee another Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jom Jordan (R-OH) who proceeded to rant on for his conservative base about the unfairness of the hearing and how the Democrats “have stacked the deck against the truth.”
He basically then threw the kitchen sink at Cohen, trying to bring up every right-wing conspiracy theory from Hillary Clinton’s emails to the contributions of billionaire anti-Trump activist Tom Steyer to the Steele dossier in a last ditch effort to stop the hearing.
Despite the GOP members’ attempts to halt the hearings, Cummings was having none of it, shutting down Rep. Jordan’s objections and moving on to Cohen’s prepared statement.
You can watch an excerpt of the video of the hearing below.
This is a developing story. Keep checking in for updates on revelations as the hearings continue.
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