Michael Cohen took his turn in the hot seat.
The President’s former lawyer used his testimony to implicate President Trump in multiple crimes.
After the hearing was over, a Judge said the six words about Michael Cohen that Donald Trump never wanted to hear.
The Democrats and Michael Cohen organized a nationally televised spectacle in order to move the ball down the field on impeaching President Trump.
At least one expert observer thought they succeeded.
Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano remarked that Cohen accused – without citing any evidence – Trump of committing four felonies.
Napolitano began to list them off.
The Fox News legal analyst claimed Cohen implicated Trump in perjury if the President told Robert Mueller he never discussed WikiLeaks with Roger Stone, but Cohen’s claim they did over the phone is accurate.
“He paints a potentially grave picture for the president. If the conversation he says he overheard with Roger Stone is true, then the president lied under oath, because the president swore to the accuracy of his answers to the written questions from Bob Mueller, one of which was: ‘Did you speak to Roger Stone about Julian Assange?’ Answer: No. If what Michael Cohen says is true, that the president knew about the meeting with Russian in Trump Tower in June 2016, then he lied under oath.”
There is one problem with this account.
No one believes it is true.
Stone denied ever speaking with Julian Assange.
And Mueller never charged Stone with lying about that.
In addition, Cohen’s only evidence is his word.
And as a convicted felon that is going to jail for lying to Congress that carries no weight.
Napolitano went on to claim Cohen implicated Trump in a scheme to violate FEC laws.
“In once case there is corroborating evidence.” Napolitano began. “And that is the payments by Donald Trump –signed while he was President – to Michael Cohen, showing a debt from the President to Michael Cohen. The President swore in his financial statement to the Treasury that he didn’t have any debt with Michael Cohen…That extends the conspiracy to defraud the FEC into the President’s Presidency.”
There are two problems with this claim.
Trump did not have a debt with Cohen. The payments were made as part of a monthly retainer for services.
Second, Cohen testified that Trump engaged in “catch and kill” stories with the National Enquirer for years before this.
That means Trump established a pattern of behavior which makes it likely he would have paid money to a woman falsely claiming to have an affair with him in order to save his wife embarrassment.
It is not illegal to use money for expenses you would have otherwise incurred if you were not running for office.
Finally, Cohen claimed Trump committed loan and tax fraud by inflating or deflating the value of his assets depending on what he needed to accomplish at the time.
Cohen offered no proof to back any of this up.
And after Napolitano was done listing all the horribles Cohen accused the President of, he made this very point.
“If Cohen is being truthful and if the government can corroborate what he said today, there’s at least four potential felonies of which he has accused the President of the United States,” Napolitano concluded. “Those are big ifs.”
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story