Michael Cohen did not take advantage when he testified before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday morning. The former first repairer – if you have to believe it – has largely confirmed what the public already believes is true.
In his opening statement, Cohen presented a series of droppers. Here is a quick overview of the vilest personal dirt that was flouted on national television this morning:
"I find it ironic, President Trump, that you are in Vietnam right now"
Cohen claimed that Trump had asked him to dissuade journalists who were asking him questions about his medical adjournment to draft the Vietnam War. early 70s.
"When I asked for medical records, he did not give me anything and told me that there had been no operation," he said. Cohen on the House committee. "He told me not to answer specific questions from reporters but to simply say that he had received a medical adjournment." When Cohen asked him for more details, he said Trump had ended the conversation abruptly. "You think I'm stupid," Trump said, according to Cohen. "I was not going to Vietnam."
"Stone Told Trump has just picked up the phone with Julian Assange …"
Cohen blamed Roger Stone, recalling a call a few days before the 2016 Democratic National Convention, when Trump put Stone on speaker in the presence of Cohen. "As I said before, Mr. Trump was aware of Roger Stone's drop of emails from WikiLeaks," said Cohen. "Mr. Trump put Mr. Stone on the speaker." Mr. Stone told Mr. Trump that he had just hung up on the phone with Julian Assange and that Mr. Assange told Mr. Stone that in a few days, there would be a huge amount of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton's campaign. "Then Cohen recalled Trump saying something to the effect of" would not it be great. "
Trump told Don Jr. "The worst judgment of anyone in the world"
Cohen said he looked in his mind to remember details of the alleged meeting of Trump Tower, who had discussed Hillary Clinton with the Russians and Donald Trump Jr. "Something clicked in my mind. I remember being in the room with Mr. Trump, probably in early June 2016, when something special happened. Don Jr. entered the room and passed behind his father's desk, which in itself was unusual. People did not just walk behind Mr. Trump's office to talk to him.
Cohen told that he then remembered that Don Jr. was leaning over his father and whispered, "The meeting is over." "I remember Mr. Trump saying," Well … do let me know. First of all, Mr. Trump told me, along with other people, that his son Don Jr. had the worst judgment in the world, "he added.
Cohen went on to state that "Don Junior would never hold a meeting of any importance whatsoever – and certainly not without checking with his father. I also knew that nothing was happening in Trump's world, especially the campaign, without Mr. Trump's knowledge and approval. "
& # 39; M. Trump is a racist … In private, he's even worse. "
Cohen did not mince words about what he called blatant racism of his former boss. "The country has seen Mr. Trump courting white supremacists and bigots," he said. "You heard him call the poorest countries" shitholes. "He already asked me if I could name a country headed by a black person who was not a" shithole ". Was at the time when Barack Obama was president of the United States. "
Cohen testified that once, while he and the then presidential candidate, Trump, were crossing a poor neighborhood in Chicago, he said that "only black people can live this way." would never vote for him because they were too stupid. And yet I kept working for him.
Trump inflated his wealth for Forbes and deflated for tax time
Cohen testified that Trump had ordered him to find a bidder to buy a set of Trump portraits that would be auctioned at an Art Hamptons event. "The goal was to make sure his portrait, which was going to be auctioned last, would reach the highest price of any portrait this afternoon," Cohen said. He revealed that the portrait of Trump had been bought by the bogus bidder he had found for $ 60,000. "Mr. Trump has asked the Trump Foundation, which is supposed to be a charity, to repay the bogus bidder, while retaining this art for himself."
Trump also instructed Cohen to phone small businesses, who owed him money, to tell them that payments would not be made or that reduced payments were about to be paid. "When I informed Mr. Trump of my success, he was delighted," said Cohen.
Trump has "ordered me to threaten" his schools never to publish his grades or scores on the SAT
Trump was so worried that reporters were finding his transcripts in high school and college that he asked Cohen to threaten the institutions with not delivering letters. Cohen stated that he had put in evidence a copy of a letter he had sent "under Mr. Trump's orders, threatening these schools with civil and criminal prosecution if Mr. Trump's scores or scores were ever disclosed without his permission".
The government was "stupid" for giving "someone like him" a refund of taxes
Cohen recalled that Trump had told him in 2008 about a plan to halve the salaries of his employees, including his own. He then boasted about a tax refund of about $ 10 million from the IRS. "He said that he could not believe how stupid the government was to have given" to someone like him "so much money."
In his testimony, Cohen repeated twice: "And yet, I continued to work for him."
"For those who doubt my motivation to be here today, I understand," said Cohen at the end of his prepared remarks. "I've been lying, but I'm not a liar. I've done bad things, but I'm not a bad man. I've repaired things, but I'm no longer your "repairman", Mr. Trump. "