My analysis and commentary of Michael Cohen’s public congressional testimony

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

The President’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen testified before the House Oversight Committee today for over seven hours.  The dynamics of the public hearing displayed specific questioning from Democratic members who wanted to confirm existing information or to acquire new information regarding potential crimes and misconduct committed by Donald Trump, his family, and his associates.  In contrast, Republican committee members focused exclusively on trying to discredit Cohen and were completely disinterested in anything else.  Since Cohen will begin a 3-year prison sentence in a few weeks, and any false statements made in his testimony would surely elicit additional criminal charges and jail time, he had great incentive to be truthful;  and, that’s exactly how he was perceived by most fair-minded observers.

Cohen was very careful in his statements, made no unwarranted assertions, and even defended Trump when committee members brought up certain stories in which he…

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