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Cohen to confirm Trump is a racist criminal who lies about his wealth

Michael Cohen’s Wednesday testimony is set to be explosive.

By Emily Singer - February 26, 2019
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and ‘fixer,’ won’t hold back on Wednesday during his testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Cohen is set to say, under oath and penalty of perjury, that Trump uses “racist language,” lies about his net worth, and has engaged in “possible criminal conduct,” according to the New York Times.

Among the statements Cohen will make during the testimony is a story about how Trump said during the 2016 campaign that “black people are too stupid to vote for me,” according to the New York Times report.

It’s not surprising that Trump — who has repeatedly attacked African Americans’ intelligence — would make such a comment, but it’s shocking nonetheless.

Cohen will also bring documents showing that Trump lies about his net worth — a claim some have made in the past, but because Trump makes up lies about why he’s hiding his tax returns, it has yet to be fully verified.

Cohen’s plans to back up his statements with documents will hamper Republicans’ ability to discredit Cohen and stick up for Trump.

However, that’s not stopping Republicans from trying.

GOP Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows — two of Trump’s biggest toadies on Capitol Hill, who have helped push conspiracy theories to try and discredit the special counsel investigation and help Trump — are already painting Cohen as a liar whose testimony isn’t credible.

They point to the fact that Cohen pleaded guilty to a federal campaign finance violation and lied to investigators as reasons he can’t be trusted.

But both of the crimes Cohen pleaded guilty to not only involve but also implicate Trump, and their attacks on Cohen for his crimes only draw attention to Trump in a negative manner.

The White House fell into a similar trap in a statement responding to Cohen’s Wednesday testimony plans.

“Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statements,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “Sadly, he will go before Congress this week and we can expect more of the same. It’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies.”

Cohen’s testimony begins at 10 a.m. EST on Wednesday.

Buckle up.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

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