Cohen’s testimony sends shockwaves through Trump, Republicans

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Michael Cohen’s testimony was central to one of the most extraordinary hearings we have seen in a long time. 

The former longtime lawyer and fixer of President Donald Trump presented credible testimony and hard evidence to Congress about how Trump knowingly and deliberately directed Cohen to pay Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, $130,000 to stay quiet about their alleged affair.  

Cohen also described a hushed conversation between Don Jr. and his father in which Don Jr. assured Trump that “the meeting was all set.” Trump said “Ok, good. Let me know.” This puts Donald Trump smack in the middle of first-hand knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting between Don Jr., Paul Manafort and the Russians who had promised damning information about Hillary Clinton. 

Up until now, Trump has denied all knowledge about such a meeting.

Additional damning testimony included Cohen describing a phone call from Roger Stone, telling Trump about the imminent dissemination by WikiLeaks of DNC emails that would also hurt Hillary Clinton. 

All the while, in typical fashion, Republicans were dismissing everything Cohen had to say as out of hand. 

They knew they had to eviscerate Cohen by any means because if he was right, it would not only badly hurt Trump, but it would continue to take down the GOP and paint it as a party that aided and abetted immoral, criminal or unconstitutional behavior.

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