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Warren fundraises off Cohen testimony

Warren fundraises off Cohen testimony
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Philly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (D-Mass.) began fundraising Wednesday off of Michael Cohen’s explosive testimony on Capitol Hill, saying statements from the former longtime Trump lawyer show that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE violated the law.

The Democratic presidential candidate sent out an email blast asking supporters to sign a petition urging Trump or any future president to not pardon anyone in connection with investigations into Trump.

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“Under oath and in an open session of Congress, one of Donald Trump’s most trusted advisors implicated him in criminal activity while he’s been in the White House,” Warren’s email said.

“Our criminal justice system is hanging on and doing its job – the truth is coming out – despite unprecedented, relentless, and potentially illegal pressure from Donald Trump and his associates in and out of government. But here’s the biggest threat right now: Donald Trump, or the next President, using the pardon power to cover up and permanently excuse this wrongdoing.”

Cohen, a former lawyer who worked for the Trump Organization, testified in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. In front of a packed hearing room and cable news cameras, Cohen excoriated the president as a “conman,” a “racist” and a “cheat.” 

He alleged that Trump was aware that Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans DOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Nearly a quarter of Trump's Facebook posts in 2020 included misinformation: analysis MORE, a longtime associate, coordinated with WikiLeaks on the dumping of a slew of hacked Democratic documents in an effort to embarrass his 2016 rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady QAnon supporters unfazed after another false prediction MORE. He also suggested that Trump knew about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpTrump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged Donald Trump Jr. attacks Cheney at CPAC: 'Lincoln Project Liz' MORE and other campaign officials with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Clinton.

Trump has upbraided special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s investigation into possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, with which Cohen and other former Trump associates are cooperating. The criticisms have sparked Democratic concerns that the president could pardon collaborating witnesses to undermine the widespread probe. 

The Democratic National Committee sent out a fundraising blast as well on Wednesday, texting supporters that “Michael Cohen’s testimony makes this clear: Trump is a threat to our country. It’s up to us to make him a one-term president.” 

Warren is running in a Democratic primary field that has already mushroomed to nearly a dozen candidates and is facing other contenders who have proven fundraising prowess.

The Massachusetts Democrat made headlines this week when she announced she would skip high-end fundraising events and phone calls with wealthy donors.