MANHATTAN, NY — Michael Cohen worked for Donald Trump for over ten years, as his personal lawyer and self-proclaimed fixer. And it all began here at trump tower on Fifth Avenue.
This was where many questionable and possibly criminal activities under the direction of Trump, Cohen claimed, took place.
On Wednesday, before the House of Representatives Oversight and Reform committee, Cohen gave a detailed public record supporting many accusations against Trump that emerged during the 2016 presidential campaign, including alleged business dealings with Russia and paying off an adult film actress to cover up an affair.
Halfway across the world, President Trump did not get a chance to comment on Cohen’s damning testimony until late Wednesday night right after his failed negotiation with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un abruptly ended and he managed to find a silver lining.
Staunch Trump supporters including many Republican lawmakers reminded Americans not to be quick to judge the president — for his accuser, Cohen, is a convicted liar.
California Democratic Congressman Mark Desaulnier, a committee member, argued why Cohen should be believed despite his checkered past.
“There are federal prosecutors watching that and if he lies again and they know it, he will indicted again, and be tried and most likely convicted spend more time in prison. I can’t believe anybody would sit on that chair and go on international television with those kind of odds and lie again and expect to get away with it.”
Fil-Am Democratic councilman Buddy Deauna said Cohen’s testimony would probably do nothing to change the minds of Trump supporters.
Deauna said he hopes Congress will actually do something to bridge the national divide.
The only way to get rid of him is through impeachment I think, he will never resign.”
Last December, Michael Cohen was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison and was ordered to pay $50,000 fine after pleading guilty to 8 counts including tax, bank fraud, campaign finance violation and lying to a Senate committee.
He is scheduled to report to prison on May 6, 2019.