Trump Regime

Report: Cohen to Accuse Trump of Crimes, Racism

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I approach this news with at least a tinge of skepticism but, for what it's worth, various outlets reported this morning that Trump's longtime henchman Michael Cohen will make new claims against his old boss during a public hearing tomorrow.

Cohen is testifying in private today and Thursday, but he will appear in front of the House Oversight Committee tomorrow where he will reportedly claim that, among other things, Trump has lied about his wealth.

From NBC News:

During his much-anticipated public testimony before Congress on Wednesday, President Donald Trump's former longtime attorney Michael Cohen will provide evidence of his old boss's criminal conduct since becoming president, a knowledgeable source about what to expect told NBC News. [...]

Cohen will detail what he will describe as the president's lies, racism and cheating as a private businessman while Cohen spent a decade working for him, the source said.

Cohen will also reveal information about Trump's financial statements and may actually provide the statements, the source said. This information would require the president's long-held secret tax returns in order to verify, providing an avenue for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to request those returns. As the source said, Trump deflated the value of his properties in some cases to reduce his property taxes.

I don't know if Cohen will say anything that is necessarily a revelation, but his testimony could still be vitally important if it leads to new avenues of investigation or provides congressional committees with what they need to pursue claims they're already aware of.

For the litany of crimes we're already aware of, such as the tax fraud scheme he's been involved in for most of his life, I assume Trump has committed many more crimes we don't know about.

  • Draxiar

    I would prefer that the people surrounding Cohen would not say anything about what he’ll say during his testimony. By keeping it hushed no one on Team trump can get out in front of it and discredit Cohen or what he says…they can only react from a weak angle.

  • muselet

    I don’t expect Michael Cohen’s testimony to reveal anything new or unexpected. I am expecting Cohen to provide confirmation and details.

    Trumpworld is clearly terrified of what Cohen will say, given what Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted today:

    Hey @MichaelCohen212 – Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…

    — Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 26, 2019

    [links omitted]

    Naturally, Gaetz told the Daily Beast that he wasn’t engaged in witness intimidation, but rather was “challenging the veracity and character of a witness.” Uh-huh, sure.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Rump the Chump is perhaps the single least competent and most destructive individual to play at being president in our history. The Republicans are to blame for this as they had ample opportunities to stop him, yet they allowed him to partake of their power structure and now blindly allow the most heinous transgressions against the constitution, the norms and standards of the office of the presidency, and of simple standards of decency in our society. He must be prosecuted to end this charade, and help prevent this from ever happening again.