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Rep. Jim Jordan depicts Michael Cohen testimony as part of Democrat plot to remove Trump from office

February 27, 2019

Rep. Jim Jordan depicts Michael Cohen testimony as part of Democrat plot to remove Trump from office

WASHINGTON, D. C. - Ohio congressman Jim Jordan on Wednesday attacked Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen as a liar, patsy and shill for Clinton loyalists and described his testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as an effort by Democrats to remove Trump from office.

Jordan - a Trump defender who is the committee’s top Republican - berated Democrats for inviting a witness who will go to prison for lying to Congress, and claimed the hearing was “choreographed” by longtime Clinton attorney Lanny Davis, who now represents Cohen.

“This could be the first time someone convicted of lying to Congress has appeared again so quickly in front of Congress,” said Jordan, of Champaign County. “Certainly, it’s the first time that a convicted perjurer has been brought back to be a star witness in a hearing.”

He said Cohen’s criminal acts were prompted by a “desire for ever greater wealth and influence,′ and part of an effort to “try to remove the president from office.” He said Davis persuaded the committee’s chairman - Maryland’s Elijah Cummings - to give a convicted felon a forum to tell stories and lie about the President of the United States so they can all start their impeachment process.”

“When we legitimize dishonesty, we delegitimize this institution,” Jordan said.

Cohen followed Jordan’s remarks by delivering damning testimony that described Trump as a racist, conman and cheat. He said his illegal behavior for Trump - which included paying off porn star Stormy Daniels so she wouldn’t publicly discuss an affair with Trump - were motivated by “weakness and misplaced loyalty.”

In a half-hour presentation, Cohen said Trump knew about the WikiLeaks emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee before they were released from the public because Roger Stone had told him about it. He said Trump regularly made racist remarks, saying that countries run by black people were “shitholes” and that black people would never vote for him because they were “too stupid.”

He said Trump regularly inflated his assets when he wanted to appear on lists of the nation’s wealthiest people, and deflated them to reduce his tax bills.

Cohen also said Trump, who criticized President Obama for not revealing his college grades, threatened schools he attended and the College Board with lawsuits if they ever revealed his grades or SAT scores without his permission.

He said Trump’s business organization was negotiating a large real estate project in Russia during his campaign, and Trump lied about it because he stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars and didn’t expect to win the presidency. Trump regarded his presidential campaign as a marketing opportunity and “the greatest infomercial in political history,” said Cohen.

“Donald Trump is a man who ran for office to make his brand great, not make his country great,” said Cohen. “He ran to market himself and build his wealth and power.”

Jordan attacked Cohen for filing false tax returns on his own behalf, failing to pay $1.4 million in taxes over a period of years, and said he turned on Trump because he was disappointed because he didn’t get a job in the White House after ten years of working for Trump.

“Now you’re behaving just like everyone else who got fired or didn’t get the job they wanted,” said Jordan.

Cohen said he didn’t want a job in the White House, and wanted to continue serving as Trump’s personal attorney when he was elected President.

“I received exactly what I wanted,” said Cohen. “I asked Mr. Trump for that job and he gave it to me.”

Another Ohio Republican on the committee, Rep. Bob Gibbs of Holmes County, berated Cohen for calling Trump a racist and liar while Trump was out of the country negotiating with North Korea.

“Real repentance would be to go serve your time and don’t come back here and make allegations,” said Gibbs, asking why Cohen spent ten years working for a person who he seemed to find so horrible. “Looks like you’re trying to save face.”

Cohen told Gibbs he was asked to testify before the committee and didn’t think subjecting himself to congressional grilling “in front of the world” was an effort to save face.

“I take no pleasure in saying anything negative about Mr. Trump,” said Cohen.