Cohen warns GOP lawmakers protecting Trump: ‘I did the same thing for 10 years’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote 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 JordanHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day McCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments 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.