President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s campaign excoriated his former attorney Michael Cohen during Cohen’s congressional testimony Wednesday, saying he is untrustworthy while citing his conviction for lying to Congress.
“Michael Cohen is a felon, a disbarred lawyer, and a convicted perjurer, who lied to both Congress and the Special Counsel in a ‘deliberate and premeditated’ fashion according to the Special Counsel’s Office. Now he offers what he says is evidence, but the only support for that is his own testimony, which has proven before to be worthless,” Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
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“This is the same Michael Cohen who has admitted that he lied to Congress previously. Why did they even bother to swear him in this time?”
Cohen pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. He also pleaded guilty to other charges, including campaign finance violations, stemming from payments he says he made at Trump’s direction to silence women who claim to have had affairs with him.
Cohen testified in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Wednesday, slamming the president as a “con man,” a “racist” and a “cheat.”
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Republican committee members repeatedly suggested during Cohen’s testimony Wednesday that he should not be believed because he had admitted to lying to Congress.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and upbraided Cohen as a “rat” and a “liar.”