How long will the Republican party continue to do Donald Trumps bidding?
With Michael Cohen testifying in front of the House oversight and reform committee, congressional Republicans were gifted with another opportunity to sink lower in their moral abyss due to their self-immolating fealty to Donald Trump.
Cohen, who has pleaded guilty to multiple crimes, including campaign finance violations and lying to Congress, testified under oath to reveal details about his relationship with Trump, whom he has generously referred to as a conman, cheat, racist and liar.
On Tuesday night, Cohen dropped a blistering 20-page opening statement painting an overwhelming and damning portrait of a Trump as a morally corrupt, vain and insecure criminal with a history of using fraud and intimidation to slither out of trouble. Cohen alleges Trump lied about his efforts to build a Trump tower in Moscow and insinuated Cohen should do the same. Cohen also named Trump as Individual 1 who directed him to engage in illegal campaign finance violations and lie about paying off adult film star Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal with hush money. That revelation, which would single-handedly derail any normal presidency, didnt come until page 13 of the statement, just to underscore the breadth of allegations.
Cohen has receipts, plural, to back up his claims, including a $35,000 check paid to Cohen by Trump to reimburse him for paying Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their alleged adulterous affair involving Shark Week and a Forbes magazine.
Wednesdays testimony also brought a whopping revelation that the southern district of New York is still investigating potential crimes committed by Donald Trump which havent been made public. Also, Cohen alleges Donald Trumps lawyer Jay Sekulow changed his testimony about the Trump Tower Moscow deal, which if true, puts Mr Sekulow in tremendous legal jeopardy. And we still havent even discussed the Fredo of the family, Donald Trump Jr, and his alleged criminal activity.
In fact, the entire spectacle has the patina of a mob movie. Trump has referred to Cohen as a rat for testifying against him, violating the omert code of loyalty. Republican Matt Gaetz did his worst Luca Brasi impression on Twitter by publicly threatening and blackmailing Cohen. Gaetz claims he wasnt witness tampering but witness testing, proving that if this was indeed Goodfellas hed be the incompetent criminal clipped by his own boss by the third act.
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