Lynne Patton, an official from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, whose presence at the hearings of Michael Cohen on Wednesday sparked controversy, used the audience as an opportunity to make themselves known on television, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
Cohen's hearing took a turn for the worse when Congressman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) spoke of Patton's presence as a GOP decision to fight President Trump's accusations of racism. "This is not because someone has a black person who works for them that they are not racist," Tlaib said. Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC), behind which Patton was sitting, defended his presence and said it was "racist" to suggest that he would use Trump's employee as "accessory".
Last year, Patton applied for permission to produce in a television reality TV series The real housewives of Potomac, while serving as the official HUD. The series would focus on a group of black Republicans. "Black Republicans are not an anomaly. Not only do we have the same social barriers every day as all black men or black women, but we also have an extra albatross, which is to be conservative, "said Patton. Patton's request to participate in the show was refused by HUD. Since she was refused, Patton has made herself visible by other means, the To post reported. Last month, she moved into social housing in New York City to highlight the deplorable living conditions. She then skipped the last day of meeting, passing behind Meadows.