U.S. Rep. Mark Green, a Republican representing Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District, delivered a blistering speech against Michael Cohen in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.
Green scolded Cohen as, among other things, a liar, narcissist, and a tax cheat.
Green also reprimanded House Democrats for even thinking to give Cohen a platform on a national stage.
Cohen, of course, testified against U.S. Republican President Donald Trump Wednesday in front of the U.S. House Oversight Committee. Cohen spoke of Trump’s alleged payoffs and other alleged illegal acts.
Green belongs to that committee.
And when it was his turn to speak, Green unloaded:
“The chairman of this committee promised the American people a fair and open process, yet the Democrats have vastly limited the scope of this hearing. They’ve issued a gag order to try to tell members of this committee what we can and cannot talk about.
My colleagues on the other side of the aisle claim that they want the truth, that they want transparency and fair oversight, yet the Democrats’ witness to testify before Congress today is none other than a scorned man going to prison for lying to Congress.
Let it sink in. He’s going to prison for lying to Congress, and he’s the star witness to Congress.
If you read the sentencing report on Mr. Cohen, words like deceptive and greedy are scattered throughout that report.
It paints a picture of a narcissist, a bully who cannot tell the truth whether it’s about the president or about his own personal life. But today he is the majority party’s star witness. If the Democrats were after the truth they would have an honest person here testifying.
If they were really after the truth they would not restrict the questioning to just a few topics, but let’s take a look at those restricted topics.
Mr. Chairman, the first topic in your limited scope that I can ask Mr. Cohen is about the president’s debts, But Mr. Chairman didn’t Mr. Cohen plead guilty to lying to banks about his personal finances?
So, we’re asking a guy going to jail for lying about his debts to comment about the president’s debts.
He’s the expert.
Mr. Chairman your next couple of topics say that I can ask Mr. Cohen about the president’s compliance with financial disclosures and campaign finance laws, but didn’t Mr. Cohen, on two occasions, break campaign finance law with his own donations?
So, again, the majority party’s star witness on the president’s compliance is a guy who broke compliance laws himself.
Mr. Chairman, you graciously allow us to ask questions of Mr. Cohen on the president’s dealings with the IRS and tax law.
Your star witness here broke the law with regards to the IRS at least five times.
He pled guilty on cheating on his taxes and lying to the IRS.
He’s the best witness you got?
Next up, with the permission of the chairman I get to Mr. Cohen ask about his perspective on the president’s business dealings.
Let me get this straight. The witness lied to multiple financial institutions to get loans to pay off other loans just to keep himself afloat, and he’s going to be the expert on business practices?
Obviously, Mr. Chairman the witness may produce documents that he suggests incriminates the president, yet he lies to banks. All of those lies were done on fraudulent documents — documents that he forged. Nothing he says or produces has any credibility. Apparently, he even lied about delivering his own child, which his wife had to correct the record of.
Ladies and gentlemen, how on earth is this witness credible?
With all the lies and deception and self-serving fraud it begs the question: What is the majority party doing here?
No one can see that this guy is credible.
He will say whatever he wants to accomplish his own personal goals.
He’s a fake witness, and his presence here is a travesty.
I hope the American people see through this. I know the people back in Tennessee will.”
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