Michael Cohen claims that he is done lying to Congress, but his testimony before the House Oversight Committee shows that he isn’t done misleading the American people just yet.
Throughout the hearing, the disgraced former lawyer made many questionable claims, often contradicting known facts that have been widely reported by the media.
Here are the top five misleading statements that Cohen made during his testimony.
“I have lied, but I’m not a liar”
Cohen appears to believe that his compulsive lies — which earned him a three-year prison sentence — don’t really make him a liar, and that President Trump is actually the one responsible for Cohen’s misdeeds.
“I am ashamed of my weakness and misplaced loyalty — of the things I did for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him,” he said. “I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience.”
“I have lied, but I’m not a liar,” Cohen insisted near the end of his opening statement, adding, “I have done bad things, but I am not a bad man.”
Of course, this narrative of Cohen’s actions has long been discredited by the state attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), which stressed that Cohen often exhibited an “instinct to blame others” for his illegal acts.
Did Cohen fail to register as a foreign agent?
Following an intense exchange with Cohen, Republican Rep. Mark Meadows gave him a criminal referral, arguing that the former lawyer might have violated the Foreign Agent Disclosure Act (FARA) by not disclosing his relationships with foreign companies ahead of the hearing.
“I just entered a referral for criminal investigation of Michael Cohen, who violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act by illegally lobbying on behalf of foreign entities without registering,” the lawmaker later tweeted.
I just entered a referral for criminal investigation of Michael Cohen, who violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act by illegally lobbying on behalf of foreign entities without registering
Cohen talks about “blind loyalty.” His real blind loyalty? It’s to the almighty dollar.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) February 27, 2019
Cohen’s behavior proves that he is merely a self-serving fraud who will do anything to protect his image — as previously noted by SDNY, all of Cohen’s illegal deeds were designed to “profit [him] personally, build his own power, and enhance his level of influence.”
Donald Trump never wanted to win in 2016
Cohen’s opening statement contained a rather remarkable claim — according to the disbarred attorney, the president conducted business in Moscow during the election because he never expected — or even seriously intended — to beat Hillary Clinton.
“Mr. Trump knew of and directed the Trump Moscow negotiations throughout the campaign and lied about it,” Cohen said. “He lied about it because he never expected to win the election.”
In the same hearing, however, Cohen also told Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz that he believes President Trump was capable of colluding with Russia because he was willing to “do what is necessary” to win.
Cohen never wanted a White House gig
During his testimony, Cohen also insisted that he never wanted to get a position in the White House — a claim that was instantly disputed by multiple reporters who have covered Cohen in the past.
“The one potential problem that I thought Michael Cohen has is when he was asked if he wanted a job in the White House, and he said no,” CNN correspondent Dana Bash said. “Our reporting … I have been told, all of us, by people in and around the process real time, he very much wanted a job in the White House.”
Lanny Davis is working for free?
During an exchange with Republican Rep. Jody Hice, Cohen made yet another surprising remark that raised eyebrows in Washington — Cohen’s co-counsel and former Clinton associate Lanny Davis is supposedly representing him for free.
Yet Lanny Davis was listed as an administrator of Cohen’s GoFundMe page, which was launched last year with a goal of raising $500,000 for Cohen’s legal expenses.
“Michael decided to put his family and his country first. Now Michael needs your financial help — to pay his legal fees,” the account read.
Michael Cohen may act like he is on a path of total redemption — but his latest testimony before Congress proves that he just can’t stop deceiving the American people.
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