On Wednesday, former personal lawyer and longtime fixer for President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, delivered scathing allegations against the president in a public hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
“I hope my appearance here today, my guilty plea, and my work with law enforcement agencies are steps along a path of redemption that will restore faith in me and help this country understand our president better,” said Cohen. “Before going further, I want to apologize to each of you and to Congress as a whole. The last time I appeared before Congress, I came to protect Mr. Trump. Today, I’m here to tell the truth about Mr. Trump.”
Cohen called Trump a “racist,” “con man,” “cheat” and accused the president of criminal misconduct while in office. Republicans immediately attacked Cohen’s credibility, pointing to his previous false statements before Congress and a record of financial corruption for which he has been sentenced to three years in prison. Democrats focused on the laundry list of allegations and documents provided by the disgraced lawyer.
Visibly emotional and agitated at times, Cohen’s testimony lasted nearly seven and a half hours. His law license was also officially revoked the day before and he will testify behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee today.
But now that partisan theatrics of Cohen’s congressional hearing are over, what’s next? Are his accusations credible and incriminating enough for a direct investigation of the president? What does his testimony mean for the Trump administration, the Robert Mueller investigation and Democrats pushing for impeachment? We dive into analysis with a roundtable of political and legal experts.
Amanda Renteria, chair of Emerge America, a national organization that works to identify and train Democratic women who want to run for political office; she is the former national political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and has been a staffer for Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); she tweets @AmandaRenteria
Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush
David Rivkin, partner at the Washington D.C.-based law firm BakerHostetler; he has previously held positions at the Department of Justice, in the Office of White House Counsel and elsewhere in the federal government; he tweets @DavidRivkin