Warren fundraises off Cohen testimony

Warren fundraises off Cohen testimony
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality It's time to shut down industrial animal farming The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen 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 John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 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.


“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 StoneTrump retweets message calling for Roger Stone pardon: 'He can sleep well at night!' Democrats aim to amend Graham subpoena to include Trump allies Roger Stone to surrender to prison by June 30 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 ClintonMark Cuban says he's decided not to run for president Trump official criticizes ex-Clinton spokesman over defunding police tweet Poll: Biden leads Trump, Cunningham neck and neck with Tillis in North Carolina MORE. He also suggested that Trump knew about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. hits Howard Stern for going 'establishment,' 'acting like Hillary' Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders Trump jokes he'll 'look into' pardon for 'Tiger King' after asked by reporter at virus briefing MORE and other campaign officials with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Clinton.

Trump has upbraided special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.