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Congress to question Trump lawyer Cohen

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/11/19, 12:07 pm

WASHINGTON—In the first major move to scrutinize the president by the House Democratic majority, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, will testify publicly before a congressional committee next month. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced Thursday that Cohen voluntarily agreed to appear before the panel on Feb. 7. In a statement, Cohen said he looks forward to giving a “full and credible account of the events which have transpired.”

New York federal prosecutors are investigating Cohen for campaign finance violations related to hush money paid to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. Cohen is also a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. Cohen has admitted to lying to Congress about a defunct plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. He has pleaded guilty in both investigations and in March will began a three-year prison sentence.

When asked about the hearing, the president told reporters Thursday that he’s “not worried about it at all.”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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  • Doug Olson
    Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 02:33 pm

    Good morning,

    It is obvious that to be a member of the Democratic Party a person must believe in providing abortion, supporting all homosexuality, and big (state, federal, world) government. [Many Republicans (more subtly), also, support these same issues!!] The reasons the Democrats are excited about Michael Cohen testifying is that they (the Democrats/many Republicans) can focus people's attentions on the President while they with the help of the media deflect their own evil intentions! What total and utter evil!! Thank God that the LORD God is sovereign and that He is in control, i.e., Psalm 2, Psalm 10 etc.

    Doug Olson

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 05:15 pm

    I expect this to be the first of what will be many democrat-led show trials. 

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 01/11/2019 09:01 pm

    Really wonder when Republicans became the "I-don't-care-what-the-courts-say" party.  Didn't Trump run on being a law and order president?  And now we decide we don't like trials.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 01/12/2019 03:51 am

    John, you don’t think this is NOT a Democrat-led show trial? We have evidence that Hillary and the Democrats bought a political dossier that the Justice Department used to illegally spy on Trump to destroy him. The Mueller investigation also was a propaganda machine filled with Democrat operatives. It leaked information to hurt Trump. To get the full story, listen to Dan Bongino:

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Sat, 01/12/2019 04:23 pm

    Oh please.  Mueller is a former director of the FBI with a long and honorable service.  He was appointed by George W. Bush and respected by both parties.  He single-handedly modernized the FBI and led the department in the near wake of 9/11 (he took office mere days before the disaster).

    Mueller was appointed by Rosenstein, who was appointed by Trump.  He was overseen by Sessions, who was also appointed by Trump.  (Sessions recused himself because there was a legitimate conflict of interest.)  Is Trump, then, the leader of this Democrat-led conspiracy, which is being conducted by Republicans, supervised by Republicans, by people who were appointed and elected by Republicans?

    At every point, the investigation has been shown to be based on actual evidence--oftentimes due to admissions by Trump himself.  It was started because of discoveries from the NSA about Russia meddling in the election, a claim no one contests anymore--including Trump, who first said it was totally fabricated.  Trump has admitted to knowing about the meeting with Russia to get dirt on Clinton, to looking into starting a business in Russia--notably, after long and protracted denials that there ever was such a meeting, that he ever knew about it, that it had anything to do with the Clintons, that anyone important (like his son) ever attended.  Again, is Trump, who made these admissions, the leader of the deep state conspiracy against himself?  Is that why he first made such blanket statements about having no connections with Russia, about how Russia is so great and never interfered with the elction--to make himself appear untrustworthy and his repeated denials suspect?  

    Yeah, totally a Democratic conspiracy.  Clearly anyone who suspects a presidential candidate who met with Russia, who had business dealings with Russia, who tried to get intel with Russia (and now, we learn, gave intel to Russia), and who has a history of praising Russia and favoring Russia in his dealings, must be a Democratic plant.

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Mon, 01/14/2019 12:51 pm

    Re: John Kloosterman

    Straight shooting, John. Thanks.