Cohen shames GOP: You're just protecting Trump like I did for 10 years


Michael Cohen got tired of GOP questions that failed to address the substance of his testimony on Trump.

During his congressional testimony on Wednesday, former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen confronted Republicans for shamelessly covering up for Trump — and compared it to his own thuggish defense of the man "for 10 years."

Republicans on the committee repeatedly tried to discredit Cohen and defend Trump by pointing to lies and exaggerations Cohen had made in the past.

Of course, Cohen did much of that lying and smearing in service of Trump, and often under his direct command.

Cohen pointed this out — and blasted his Republican questioners for covering for Trump in the same dishonest way that he used to.

"I did the same thing that you're doing now for 10 years," Cohen said to Republicans on the House Oversight Committee while being questioned by Rep. Jim Cooper (R-TN). "I protected Mr. Trump for 10 years."

He concluded: "I can only warn people — the more people that follow Mr. Trump, as I did blindly, are going to suffer the same consequences that I'm suffering."

Republicans have circled the wagons around Trump, defending his corruption and racism while looking to him for political salvation.

Instead of rebuking Trump's bigotry and misogyny, Republicans have cultivated it — and, in some cases, directly emulated it.

The party paid a price for this behavior, and its refusal to engage in constitutionally mandated oversight of the executive branch, by losing control of the House in the 2018 midterms.

Yet even in the minority, Republicans are still standing by Trump and enabling his criminality and corruption.

They are unlikely to heed Cohen's warning — and America is listening.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.