Michael Cohen to provide public testimony before Congress next week. And he’s planning to spill his guts.

By |2019-02-21T20:58:07-08:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

Stocking up on popcorn as we speak.

Courtesy of NYT:

Michael D. Cohen has agreed to testify in public next Wednesday before Congress about his work as President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, but lawmakers said they would limit the scope of their questioning in deference to the special counsel.

The hearing next week before the House Oversight and Reform Committee will give Mr. Cohen, once one of Mr. Trump’s most loyal aides, a rare public platform to try to explain his work for the president, including an illegal scheme during the 2016 campaign to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with Mr. Trump. And it promises to provide House Democrats investigating Mr. Trump, his business and his administration with early fireworks to punctuate their efforts.

But Mr. Cohen — who has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, tax fraud and a campaign finance violation in the hush money scheme — will also face intense scrutiny from Republicans, who have already indicated that they plan to aggressively challenge his past work and credibility as a witness against the president.

The committee’s chairman indicated that after consultation with the Justice Department and the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Cohen would not be allowed to discuss matters related to Russia, including a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow under scrutiny by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

So Cohen will not be asked any questions about Russian collusion, but before we get too disappointed get a load of the questions he is planning to answer in full which comes to us courtesy of this memo from the House Oversight Committee:

After consulting with the Department of Justice and with Rep. Adam Schiff, the
Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Chairman Cummings has
set the scope for the Oversight Committee’s hearing with Mr. Cohen to address the following
issues:

• the President’s debts and payments relating to efforts to influence the 2016
election;
• the President’s compliance with financial disclosure requirements;
• the President’s compliance with campaign finance laws;
• the President’s compliance with tax laws;
• the President’s potential and actual conflicts of interest;
• the President’s business practices;
• the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.;
• the accuracy of the President’s public statements;
• potentially fraudulent or inappropriate practices by the Trump Foundation; and
• public efforts by the President and his attorney to intimidate Mr. Cohen or others
not to testify.

Mr. Cohen has agreed to testify voluntarily and in public before the Oversight
Committee. He will not be under subpoena

So we may not hear anything about Russia, but we are going to hear him testify about Trump’s compliance with campaign finance laws, compliance with tax laws, his business practices, conflicts of interest, his attempts to intimidate Cohen and his family, and much more. 

No matter how you spin it, this feels a little like Christmas to me. 

But I seriously doubt it feels that way to Donald Trump. 

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10 Comments

  1. SDNY February 21, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/trump-family-urge-dismissal-marketing-scam-lawsuit/

    according to the defendants, the new complaint “cures none of the original defects, and in fact only highlights the implausibility, of a lawsuit that seeks to convert a celebrity endorsement by Mr. Trump and the licensing business of the Trump family, in toto, into a RICO violation by which Plaintiffs-who paid no money to any Trump business, ever-lost $499 each.”

    The plaintiffs have until March 7 to respond.

    The case is Doe et al v Trump Corp et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 18-09936.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/trump-already-colluded-plain-sight-new-attorney-general-cant-protect-mueller-conservative-columnist/

  2. anon February 21, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Will he be providing more recent naked “modelling” photos of Melanie? The ones from years ago, posted all over the internet, where she’s fondling her vagina and breasts, covered in oil, are a bit dated.

  3. anon February 21, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    OT.
    Isn’t it stunning how if there is an ecoli incident, it is isolated ususlly within days, and all corresponding foodstuffs nationwide are immediately recalled, discarded and destroyed;

    AND YET-

    It has been known for decades (centuries?) that thousands upon thousands of Catholic priests have SEXUALLY MOLESTED and EMOTIONALLY ABUSED tens of thousands (hundreds of thousands? Millions?) of underage children for decades (centuries?), and next to nothing has been done (countless turning to suicide, et al.), and the catholic church is allowed to continue unimpeded with Business As Usual?

    We emergency-shut-down lettuce because of a remote possibility it will end up in someone’s mouth, but its okay to put unlimited incidences of penises into our children’s mouths because it falls under the clergy and god?

    • Der*$HOW*it*Z February 22, 2019 at 7:03 am

      https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/this-is-literally-pizzagate-msnbc-guest-says-trumps-labor-secretary-must-go-over-epstein-plea-deal/

      https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2019/2/22/editorial-dershowitz-defense-justified/

      “now the second Harvard affiliate to become involved with Weinstein’s legal defense team.

      We condemned Winthrop House Faculty Dean Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr.’s decision to defend Weinstein in a separate criminal case, citing that Sullivan’s roles and responsibilities as faculty dean were incompatible with his role as defense attorney.”
      “our objection to Sullivan’s choice in representing Weinstein is rooted in his “pastoral” role within Winthrop House,
      not in his professional practice of criminal defense.

      We also understand that the news surrounding Dershowitz’s decision to involve himself in the Weinstein civil suit has drawn attention and notoriety considering that Dershowitz himself has faced allegations of sexual misconduct, namely his alleged interactions with billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey E. Epstein.”

  4. Anonymous February 22, 2019 at 12:13 am

    I don’t think little donnie’s tiny fingers will be able to tweet fast enough to keep up with this testimony!

  5. Anti-ChRi$T in waiting February 22, 2019 at 6:46 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/22/democrats-may-impeach-trump-to-force-barr-to-release-mueller-report.html

    ““We are going to use … legal remedies, legislative remedies, court remedies if we need to. This report belongs to the American people. They have a right to know the truth,” Rep. @davidcicilline says about the Mueller report.”
    It may, in fact, have facts which support initiating impeachment proceedings and we cannot be precluded from seeing it. If we have to have a perfunctory impeachment motion to open it up in order to access those materials, I think it’s critical that we do it.”

    This is the first time we have seen a discussion concerning the need to open up impeachment proceedings in order to force Attorney General Barr to turn over Mueller’s final report to the House of Representatives.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/22/analysis-imminent-indictment-may-soon-cause-trump-to-resign.html

    “Trump may very well be indicted and charged with various crimes while he is still in office.

    First, it is important to point out that what has been referred to as a DOJ “policy” was nothing more than a memo written by some DOJ staff person in the 1970’s. It has never been tried or tested in court. Therefore it carries no legal weight, and it is not even backed up by any legal authority.”

  6. Anon February 22, 2019 at 7:08 am

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-22/new-york-is-said-to-prep-manafort-charges-if-trump-pardons-him

    “The president, who has bemoaned Manafort’s treatment at the hands of Mueller, said in November that he has not ruled out a pardon. He has frequently talked of his broad pardon power, possibly extending even to himself, and acted to liberate two political allies previously.”

  7. Anon February 22, 2019 at 7:16 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jessica-denson-lawsuit-non-disclosure-trump_n_5c6fea33e4b00eed08332cfb

    ‘I Was Subjected To A Reign Of Terror’
    “Ex-Trump campaign aide Jessica Denson is suing to void nondisclosure agreements within the Trump administration after she says she encountered workplace retaliation. “These NDAs created an environment where people…felt like they could act with impunity.”

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/bernie-sanders-to-meet-2016-campaign-staffers-amid-sexual-harassment-gender-discrimination-complaints

    “Sanders apologized “to any woman WHO FELT that she was not treated appropriately,”
    saying he was unaware of the allegations at the time and vowing to “do better” should he vie for the country’s top job again.”

    FUCK the Bern2
    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/bernie-sanders-essay/

  8. Anonymous February 23, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    They might limit their questions but that doesn’t guarantee Cohen will limit his answers. He may also be indicted at the state level and if the prison reform bill didn’t include that provision extending the president’s pardon authority to the state level, Trump won’t be able to help him so he’ll have nothing to lose. He’ll be smart to tell everything, hope for leniency and preserve his deal. If he’s aware of what happened to Manafort, he’ll be the perfect pidgeon and spill it all.

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