Michael Cohen Exposes Rampant Trump Corruption While Republicans Display Their Blind Loyalty to Trump
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by Future Majority | 2.27.19
Elections have consequences. And today, one consequence of the recent midterm elections became quite clear as Michael Cohen appeared before the House Oversight Committee. Today, Democrats on the committee began to provide the sorely needed oversight of the Trump Administration that Republicans failed to provide when they controlled the House.
As Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said when opening today’s hearing:
“Ladies and gentlemen, the days of this committee protecting the president at all costs are over.”
Maybe that’s why Republicans on the committee, led by Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) desperately attempted to stop today’s hearing and repeatedly tried to discredit Cohen as he voluntarily came forward to tell the American people the truth about Donald Trump. Of Trump, Cohen said:
“He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.”
Cohen also confirmed what we’ve long known:
“I pled guilty in federal court to felonies for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in coordination with ‘Individual 1. And for the record: ‘Individual #1’ is Donald J. Trump.”
As a humbled and contrite Cohen calmly answered multiple questions from the committee, he made clear that he was done protecting Donald Trump. In contrast, GOP members of the House Oversight Committee demonstrated throughout the hearing that blindly protecting this corrupt president is all they know how to do and there are no depths to which they will not sink to do it.
Cohen addressed these members directly:
“I'm responsible for your silliness because I did the same thing that you're doing now for ten years. I protected Mr. Trump for ten years … 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.”
Cohen’s riveting testimony today exposed not only Trump’s corruption, but also the inability of Republicans to ask tough questions about the serious allegations Cohen made about the president in his opening statement and supported with evidence he gave to the committee.
Instead of providing oversight, these Republican Members of Congress circled the wagons to protect Donald Trump, ignored the culture of corruption that exists in Trump’s Washington and wasted their time bashing Cohen on nonexistent book and film deals.
The American people deserve better.
In that same hearing room today, Democrats demonstrated their ongoing commitment to ending the culture of corruption that is pervasive in Trump's Washington. They proved that they can and they will provide the vigorous oversight that is needed of the Trump Administration.
And Democrats proved this commitment in January this year when they introduced H.R. 1 - the For the People Act of 2019.
H.R. 1 is a sweeping plan to clean up the culture of corruption in Washington, restore Americans' faith in our elections and protect our democracy.
H.R. 1 will:
● Strengthen ethics laws
● Prevent foreign interests from interfering in our elections from abroad
● Enact stronger lobbying registration requirements
● Require more oversight of lobbyists acting as foreign agents
Michael Cohen’s testimony showed us just how broken our political system is. And he showed us just how badly we need H.R. 1.
Let’s fight together and end the culture of corruption in Washington. Show us that you support H.R. 1
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