U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, will assume a senior position on the House Judiciary Committee after Democrats officially retake that branch of Congress early next year.
Cohen, in a newsletter to constituents late last week, said he can’t wait. That’s because Cohen gets to go after U.S. Republican President Donald Trump.
Don’t expect Cohen to show fairness and objectivity — given his past vitriolic remarks about Trump and Republicans in general.
“It will once again be what the Founders intended it to be, ‘the People’s House,’ and no longer ‘the House of Trump,’” Cohen said in the email newsletter to constituents.
One of Cohen’s top priorities, he said, is “oversight of suspicious patterns of corruption we’ve seen but were powerless to investigate in Congress,” referring, presumably, to Trump.
“I look forward to playing an active role in that oversight as a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee,” Cohen wrote.
In the same newsletter, Cohen castigated Trump for firing former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and making Matthew Whitaker the acting replacement.
“The only reason he (Whitaker) was selected is that he will be a hatchet man, employing an open, notorious and blatant effort to stifle and control the (Robert) Mueller investigation and have its final report shielded from the public,” Cohen wrote.
Last year, as The Tennessee Star reported, Cohen couldn’t show enough self-restraint not to file Articles of Impeachment against Trump.
“The time has come to make clear to the American people and to this president that his train of injuries to our Constitution must be brought to an end through impeachment,” the congressman said at the time.
“I believe there is evidence that he attempted to obstruct an investigation into Russia’s interference with the U.S. presidential election and links between between Russia and the Trump campaign, most notably the firing of FBI Director James Comey.”
As The Star has also reported, Cohen’s animosity toward Republicans is intense.
Last month he accused conservatives of ‘making a fetish out their own supposed victimhood.’”
Cohen has previously said Tea Party supporters are no different than arsonists. He compared Republicans to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels for opposing Obamacare.
Cohen also said the Ebola virus would mutate into a Biblical-style plague that would devastate Tennessee— unless state Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly complied fully with Obamacare and expanded Medicaid.
Cohen said he will also serve as a senior member on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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