Patton said that the day "was simply about one longtime employee disputing the testimony of another longtime employee who both know the President extremely well".
The hearing was producing the most damning depiction to date of Trump's campaign and business operations from a onetime member of his inner circle.
During the testimony, Cohen said he had spoken to Novartis over the telephone six times and that the firm had specifically hired him so that it could have access to the Trump administration, according to live feeds published by media outlets. "I'm proud to be a part of it". Others criticized the committee's Republicans for spending all their time attacking Cohen while ignoring the misdeeds that Cohen said Trump committed. "Period.My presence today was to remind Michael Cohen that honesty and integrity still matter".
Underscoring the deeply partisan nature of the proceedings, Democrats on the committee lifted an earlier restriction that the hearing not delve into Russian Federation, while Republicans tried unsuccessfully to block the hearing as it got underway, on grounds that Cohen had not provided his opening statement long enough in advance.
The GOP lawmakers additionally accused Cohen of lying about his contacts with foreign entities, a point highlighted by Meadows at Wednesday's hearing.
"As a person of color in this committee, that is how I felt at that moment and I wanted to express that", she said. "It's more important that we reconcile", Meadows said.
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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was visibly angered as he condemned Smollett's actions. Prosecutors said one of the brothers had supplied Smollett with "designer drugs" in the past.
Cohen said he was disputing some of the congress member's facts, and said he's remorseful, taking responsibility for his mistakes, and going to prison. Cohen said he would review the form and amend it if necessary.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) asked Cohen: "Would you agree that someone could deny rental units to African Americans, lead the birther movement, refer to the diaspora as "s--hole countries" and refer to white supremacists as 'fine people, ' have a black friend and still be racist?" Cummings said that based on the testimony, "it appears that he (Trump) did" commit a crime. For example, he was present when Roger Stone told him in advance about Hillary Clinton's hacked emails, so he knows Trump lied about that.
Cohen shot back, "As neither should I, as the son of a Holocaust survivor".
That month, WikiLeaks released thousands of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee's server.
"So to me", she added, "that would be my question". "The answer is yes".
Also, Cohen has a lot of trouble believing that Trump was unaware of Trump Jr.'s infamous meeting with Russian agents since Jr. sought his dad's approval on everything; he even remembers a moment when Trump and Trump Jr. discussed in whispers an upcoming meeting that would fit with the timeline of the Russian meeting.
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