How do you make a man you have – with good reason – called a serial liar into an oracle of truth, honesty and candor?
Well, if you raid his home, threaten him with many years in prison, threaten to clean him out and leave his family with nothing…but assure him that there will be significant leniency if he turns on his former boss – that just might do the trick. Then he will say what you want, and you can pretend that he morphed from a serial liar into a serial truthteller.
Enter michael cohen.
Here, excerpted from Rebecca Ballhaus and Waren P. Strobel’s article for the Wall Street Journal, are some of the particulars:
Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former lawyer, will for the first time publicly accuse the president of criminal conduct while in office related to a hush-money payment to a porn star, a person familiar with his planned testimony before Congress said.
Appearing on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, Mr. Cohen also will make public some of Mr. Trump’s private financial statements and allege that Mr. Trump at times inflated or deflated his net worth for business and personal purposes, including avoiding paying property taxes, the person said. The financial statements were developed by Mr. Trump’s accountant, the person said. The Wall Street Journal hasn’t seen those statements.
Mr. Cohen’s testimony is expected to focus on his “behind-the-scenes” accounts of working for Mr. Trump for over a decade, a period during which Mr. Cohen will say he witnessed “lies, racism and cheating” by Mr. Trump, the person said.
Mr. Cohen is expected to recount racist remarks Mr. Trump allegedly made to him, including instances in which Mr. Trump allegedly questioned the intelligence of African-Americans and criticized their lifestyle choices, the person said.
Mr. Cohen’s planned testimony comes 13 months after The Wall Street Journal first reported that Mr. Cohen paid $130,000 in October 2016 to former adult-film star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, to buy her silence after she alleged having a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.
In the wake of the Journal’s revelations, federal prosecutors investigated Mr. Cohen’s activities, raided his home, hotel room and office, and began probing the business practices of the Trump Organization, including whether it committed campaign-finance violations. The Trump Organization investigation, spearheaded by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, is continuing, people familiar with the matter said.
Well, that certainly has the smell of an honest man deciding to exercise his ethical values and moral duty by proudly speaking the truth…(feel free to wipe the sarcasm off your monitor any time now).
On a serious note, let me remind you again that this is the same michael cohen who was called a liar by the people he will now testify before; who was convicted of lying to Congress…until they threatened/intimidated him into saying what they wanted to hear.
Hey, now it works for Congress and cohen both. House Democrats get the showcase they want and cohen gets less time in the slammer.
As for Trump? Well, how does he prove he didn’t use racial epithets in private? How does he prove he didn’t say anything in private? I guess it just depends on what you think of the accuser…
…which brings us back to the title of this blog, doesn’t it?