Jordan lambasts Cohen over past crimes, questions credibility

Jordan lambasts Cohen over past crimes, questions credibility
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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHouse passes resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus Republicans call for Judiciary hearing into unrest in cities run by Democrats Trump, GOP seek to rebut Democratic narrative on night one MORE (R-Ohio) tore into former Trump attorney Michael Cohen during an explosive House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, reciting his crimes and attempting to cast doubt on the truthfulness of his testimony.

Jordan, a fierce ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE and the top Republican on the Oversight panel, noted that federal prosecutors had declared in court filings that Cohen “did crimes that were marked by a pattern of deception [that] permeated his professional life.” Jordan also suggested Cohen had only turned on the president because he didn’t get a job in the White House.

The Ohio Republican proceeded to grill Cohen on his false statements to Congress, failure to report income to the IRS and false statements he made to a bank — all of which the former Trump lawyer pleaded guilty to in federal court.

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As Jordan listed off Cohen’s criminal conduct, he repeatedly asked, “Was that done to protect the president?”

“No, it was not," Cohen repeatedly answered.

Jordan also highlighted a Twitter account called “Women for Cohen” that a firm working for Cohen created during the 2016 campaign to raise his profile, which The Wall Street Journal previously reported.

“Was that done to protect the president?” Jordan asked.

“I didn’t set that up,” Cohen answered, noting that a woman working for the firm RedFinch Solutions did.

“We were having fun during a stressful time,” Cohen said.

Jordan also questioned why Cohen continued to work for Trump for a decade, despite witnessing the conduct he described.

The GOP lawmaker suggested Cohen was only testifying against Trump this week because he has an ax to grind with his former boss.

“You wanted to work for the White House, but you didn’t get brought to the dance,” Jordan asserted.

“I didn’t want to go to the White House,” Cohen fired back.

Cohen said he was “offered jobs” but declined them.

Jordan compared Cohen to former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump jabs at FBI director over testimony on Russia, antifa Graham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation Barr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' MORE and Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeGraham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation Barr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' GOP votes to authorize subpoenas, depositions in Obama-era probe MORE, Comey’s one-time deputy. He argued Cohen was motivated by selfish behavior to testify against his former employer.