Dem chairman closes Cohen hearing with emotional speech

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsImpeachment can't wait Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings Tucker Carlson calls Trump 'full-blown BS artist' in segment defending him from media coverage MORE (D-Md.) closed Wednesday's hearing with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen with an impassioned plea for lawmakers to “get back to normal” and to consider the democracy they are leaving future generations. 

“I don’t know why this is happening for you, but it is my hope that a small part of it is for our country to be better,” Cummings told Cohen at the conclusion of roughly seven hours of testimony.

“The president called you a rat,” Cummings added. “We’re better than that. We really are. I’m hoping that all of us can get back to his democracy that we want and that we should be passing on to our children so that they can do better than what we did.”

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Cohen become visibly emotional as Cummings acknowledged the difficulty of the circumstances for the president's longtime attorney.

“Hopefully this portion of your destiny will lead to a better Michel Cohen, a better Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE, a better United States of America, and a better world,” Cummings said as Cohen reached for a drink of water.

The chairman grew more animated as he spoke, shouting into the microphone as he called on lawmakers to reflect on how they're protecting democracy.

He took a swipe at Republicans, who earlier in the day suggested that holding a hearing with Cohen was an indication that Democrats were out to get the president.

Cummings noted that the committee previously held a hearing on prescription drug prices.

“We can do more than one thing,” Cummings said. “And we have got to get back to normal.”

Cummings then gaveled the hearing to a close after roughly seven hours of testimony from Cohen.

The president's longtime attorney, who is facing a three-year prison sentence, will meet privately on Thursday with the House Intelligence Committee.