Cohen warns GOP lawmakers protecting Trump: ‘I did the same thing for 10 years’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE's former lawyer Michael Cohen on Wednesday warned Republican lawmakers that the president's defenders will "suffer the same consequences that I’m suffering."

"I'm responsible for your silliness," Cohen said during public testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. "I did the same thing that you're doing now for 10 years. I protected Mr. Trump for 10 years."

“I can only warn people, the more people that follow Mr. Trump as I did blindly are going to suffer the same consequences that I’m suffering," Cohen later added. 

Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison last year after pleading guilty to bank and tax fraud and campaign finance violations, is on Capitol Hill giving testimony to congressional committees this week. 


His public testimony on Wednesday included several allegations that Trump played a part in criminal actions. Cohen, for example, said that Trump directed him to break the law and make a nondisclosure payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with the president.

Cohen also described the president as a "racist," a "conman" and a "cheat." 

Multiple Republican lawmakers condemned Cohen's credibility, pointing to his prior admission that he made false statements to Congress about the effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOversight Republicans: 'Hundreds' of migrants in caravans have criminal histories Cummings requests interview with Census official over new allegations on citizenship question House Oversight Republicans release parts of Kobach, Trump officials' testimony on census citizenship question MORE (R-Ohio), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, repeatedly criticized Cohen. He at one point accused the former "fixer" of blaming others for his crimes and having no remorse. 

"Shame on you, Mr. Jordan," Cohen responded. "That's not what I said. Shame on you."

Cohen later pointed out that Jordan and his colleagues had yet to ask him a question about Trump. 

"That's actually why I thought I was coming today. Not to confess the mistakes that I've made," Cohen said.