Cohen exits court in December after sentencing. Reuters photo. On front, A.P. photo
The day-long testimony of Michael Cohen - "a loser with nothing to lose" who knows where the bodies are buried, and thus Trump's worst nightmare - gave us the sordid if cleansing spectacle of "a liar, lout, thug, bully, scumbag, and admitted criminal (testifying) about his former client and our liar, lout, thug, bully, scumbag and criminal in chief." Cohen, "a man trusted with the most unholy of unholies - the payouts, gag orders, and fetid details of his rotating stable of girlfriends, dalliances, hookups, and whatever the hell Trump and his pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein had been up to," is of course not a crass aberration, but "a perfect exemplar of Trump’s world: corrupt and corrupting, venal and vicious...the true picture of (Trump's) 'best people.'”
Watching Cohen's hang-dog, scathing appearance, where complicit Republicans were so frantic to trash him they failed to ask a single question about the mob boss at the center of it all, was like viewing a train wreck: It was both riveting - "He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat." - and, as House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) noted, deeply painful. In his stirring closing statement, Cummings urged lawmakers to work to "get back to this democracy that we want and that we should be passing on to our children." "As a country, we are so much better than this," he said with rising emotion. "When we're dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?" Watch.
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