Tuesday, February 26, 2019

What did Donald Trump do today?

He made a reasonable point about Michael Cohen.

Trump spent most of the calendar day en route to Vietnam, but left marching orders for surrogates to attack his former "fixer" Michael Cohen. Cohen is testifying before three Congressional committees this week about his knowledge of Trump's criminal behavior before and since being elected.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders summarized the Trump stance on the revelations Cohen is expected to make tomorrow at a public hearing before the House Oversight Committee. In a statement, Sanders said:

Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statement. Sadly, he will go before Congress this week and we can expect more of the same. It’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies.

Sanders' characterization of Michael Cohen as a liar and a felon is correct. He was convicted of lying to Congress in order to help hide Trump's secret business ties to Russian oligarchs, and also on campaign finance charges related to his role in concealing the hush money he funneled to women Trump had sexual affairs with.

Why should anyone care about this?

  • Even by Trump standards, attacking someone's truthfulness in testifying about the crimes he committed on your behalf because he committed crimes on your behalf is pretty absurd.