After receiving praise for his interrogation of Michael Cohen during his testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained his skills over many years spent in bars and restaurants. waitress.
The New York Democrat was one of many members of Congress to question Cohen, a former lawyer and advisor to President Donald Trump, about a number of serious allegations he made against his former boss.
Ocasio-Cortez questioned Cohen about making discreet payments to women alleging extramarital affairs with the president, Trump's finances, and reducing the value of her assets to reduce taxes. In response, Cohen suggested to Trump that he had committed tax evasion, which could lead the committee, using its subpoena powers, to demand the president's tax returns for review.
Computer scientist Matt Blaze wrote on Twitter: "Are we sure the AOC is a former bartender and not a former attorney? It was a series of pretty amazing questions today. "
Responding to Blaze on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez wrote, "Thank you! Bartending + waitressing (especially in New York) means that you talk to thousands of people over the years. Requires you to read well people + perfect an extremely sharp BS detector.
"It just shows that what some people think of as" unskilled work "can actually be anything but [winking emoji]. "
Among the charges, Cohen accused Trump of lying about his knowledge of the infamous meeting between Trump Tower and the Russians extolling the merits of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
The president denies having been informed in advance of the meeting of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, the eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Special advocate Robert Mueller investigates the meeting.
In addition, Cohen stated that Trump knew in advance that WikiLeaks had published stolen emails to Hillary Clinton's campaign by Russian hackers, because his friend Roger Stone, in contact with the leader of that organization, Julian Assange, he had said.
Mueller investigates Stone and accused him of making false statements to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks and Assange.
Cohen also accused Trump of being racist, saying the president had told his former employee that blacks were "too stupid" to vote for him.
But some, including the president's allies, doubt the credibility of Cohen's testimony, which will sentence him to a three-year prison term in May for tax evasion, a violation of election campaign funding, and a liar to Congress in previous testimony. while he was still working for Trump.
Mueller accused Cohen of making false statements to Congress on the extent of Trump's trade relations in Russia. Cohen, who cooperates with Mueller, pleaded guilty.
Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary, described Cohen's appearance on Capitol Hill as irrelevant, calling him a "dishonored criminal" and saying that he "had another opportunity to spread his lies."
"I'm not a perfect man," said Cohen in his opening statement. "I've done things I'm not proud of and I'm going to live with the consequences of my actions for the rest of my life.
"But today, I'm deciding the example I gave my kids and the way I'm trying to change the way history will remember me." I may not be able to change the past, but I can do it with the American people here today. "
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– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 28, 2019