Dems Proven Hapless

For years I have been calling the Dems all sorts of names such as clowns, cowards, feckless and hapless…..well the Dem controlled House proved yesterday just how hapless and impotent they truly have become.

Did you see the Theater of the Absurd?

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing yesterday and it was a waste of time and proved just how hapless these people are…..

The White House told Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s onetime campaign manager, not to testify about any discussions with Trump or his advisers when he appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The intention is “to protect executive branch confidentiality,” said Lewandowski, who never worked in the White House. “I recognize this is not my privilege,” he told the committee, “but I am respecting the White House’s decision.” White House lawyers took seats behind Lewandowski for the hearing, the BBC reports, and Lewandowski stuck to the script—or lack of one. That frustrated Democrats gathering information about whether to draft articles of impeachment against Trump and potential obstruction of justice referred to in the Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, per the Washington Post. It pleased the president, who tweeted “Thank you Corey!” for his “beautiful” opening statement.

A “contempt” suggestion was made by a lawmaker, and Lewandowski seemed to return the sentiment. The exchanges included:

  • Asked by Rep. Eric Swalwell to read the evidence he gave from the Mueller report, Lewandowski mocked his questioner as “President Swalwell.”
  • When Rep. Jamie Raskin said the tooth fairy isn’t real, Lewandowski said, “My children are watching, so thank you for that.”
  • “He’s filibustering,” Chairman Jerry Nadler said when Lewandowski demanded a copy of the Mueller Report, per Fox.
  • As Lewandowski talked over her, Rep. Pramila Jayapal yelled, “This is my time!” She added: “You are a witness before the Judiciary Committee. Please act like it!”
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, whose question he had called a “rant,” admonished Lewandowski as well: “This is the House Judiciary Committee! Not a house party!”
  • Lewandowski is reportedly thinking about running for the Senate from New Hampshire next year and, during a break in the hearing, tweeted a link to his website where supporters can sign up to help, per the Hill. “You are not on the campaign trail yet,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries told him.

The White House had invoked executive privilege Monday night to cover two presidential aides who were to testify Tuesday, Rob Porter and Pat Cipollone. Neither showed up for the hearing. “This is a cover-up, plain and simple,” Nadler said

The Dems are allowing these thugs pretending to be people to run the show…..they should send “Lew” Baby to the corner for contempt and any other d/bag from the Trump admin that wants to play hard ball.

But instead the Dems try to play hardball with a nerf ball….and then they wonder why they cannot get the attention they need…they have NO long term plan they just skate from one election to the next.

Dems have great ideas but really suck at the game of politics.

And for that they will always be playing catch-up.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

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The Greatest Show Of The Week

Today the most anticipated show is going to happen….finally we get to hear from the person the issued the Mueller Report…..you may have your own opinion and I hope it is from reading the document but I am not naive…your opinion has been given to you by your favorite news outlet……me? I read the report and now I want to hear from the man himself.

I realize that most Americans do not have the time to watch all the many hours so I will give my take and the take of a couple of outlets as well….

Robert Mueller has wrapped up his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. Here’s how it’s being received:

  1. Fox News’ Chris Wallace was more than unimpressed. In comments made during a break in the testimony (and quoted by President Trump), he had this to say, per the Daily Beast. “This has been a disaster for the Democrats and I think it’s been a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller. … He has been attacked a number of times and you would think that almost anybody else would have defended his own integrity and the integrity of the investigation and over and over Mueller just sits silent and allows the attacks from the Republicans to sweep over him and says nothing.”
  2. At Vice, Jason Koebler is one of many calling out Mueller’s frequent halts, though he blames technology. The hearing “quickly devolved into the world’s most boring pop quiz,” he writes. “We should not have to watch as he asks lawmakers for a page number, flip back and forth through his papers, and finds what they’re referring to.” And for that Koebler faults the “Justice Department’s PDF and Congress’s outdated rules about using technology during hearings.”
  3. Aaron Blake offers a number of takeaways at the Washington Post. He leads with this one: That Republicans were trying to “undermine” the report by “tripping up” Mueller—and were effective in doing so. Blake points out a number of instances where this was the case. Among them: when Rep. Collins asked whether “collusion” and “conspiracy” are “colloquially” the same. Mueller said no; Collins then read the report’s line about them being “largely synonymous.” Blake argues that’s a shade different from “colloquially the same,” but writes that “Mueller didn’t seem to have much of an answer.”
  4. At CNN, Chris Cillizza saw two different hearings underway. The Democrats’ “blueprint” emphasized Mueller’s service and that Trump obviously obstructed the investigation; Republicans yelled and railed that Mueller “unfairly persecuted” Trump. “The whiplash is stark,” Cillizza writes. “And means—stop me if you’ve heard this before—that people will likely hear what they want to hear coming out of this hearing.”
  5. At Slate, Ben Mathis-Lilley writes the Republicans worked to drive home the idea that there was no point to Mueller’s probe because, as Mueller repeatedly stated, he could not ultimately indict Trump due to DOJ guidelines—impeachment falls in Congress’ hands. But “at Wednesday’s hearing, no Democrat has even said the word impeachment; instead, they’ve asked largely redundant questions about the same set of apparent incidents of obstruction of justice outlined in the report. The strategy seems to be to get Mueller to discuss the criminal-ish things Trump did on television in such a way that public opinion shifts toward impeachment without Democrats having to push for it.”
  6. Greg Sargent of the Washington Post tries to redirect the focus. “Some of the best minds in journalism are only looking at optics of Mueller’s struggles, but not at optics of Repubs raging at Mueller for refusing to clear Trump,” he tweeted. “Others are pretending not to understand news value of having things stated on live TV.”
  7. David Axelrod deemed it “very, very painful” then clarified, tweeting, “Not a commentary on the content. The report is damning. That was reenforced today. He has been an exemplary public servant, as people are both sides attested, but he clearly was struggling today and that was painful.”
  8. Laura Ingraham tweeted her opinion as well. “Here’s some advice. Don’t build a big hearing around a lawyer who told you he didn’t want to be there. #MuellerHearing”
  9. Writing for Slate, Dahlia Lithwick pores over Mueller’s morning exchange with Rep. Lieu—and Mueller’s afternoon clarification. Mueller’s answer to Lieu’s questioning was interpreted by many to be an admission that if not for DOJ guidelines, Mueller would have indicted Trump. He subsequently corrected himself, saying no determination as to whether Trump committed a crime was made. “The one bit of news that seemed to have been news has been clarified back into the same exact legal language as was carefully crafted in the report,” she writes. “It was a misstep that was misunderstood and then retracted, a perfect capsule performance of how dragging an unwilling witness into a polemical hearing was never going to go well.”
  10. Yes, the hearings were dull, writes Amanda Marcotte for Salon, and it’s “hard to avoid the conclusion” that it would be more useful for Democrats to question Mueller’s witnesses rather than questioning him about questioning them. “These are the witnesses, of course, who have not yet testified before Congress because Trump has successfully blocked all congressional subpoenas, which don’t have the force of an impeachment inquiry behind them. That isn’t to say that Democrats didn’t get some interesting comments from Mueller. But what did emerge ended up offering even more evidence that impeachment is the only remedy at hand to hold Trump accountable for his likely crimes.”

There you have the highlights of the hearing….now you know all there is to know without having to sit through the whole thing….believe me it was boring and damn dry…..

I learned more by reading the report than I did by this testimony.  My opinion was that this was a waste…DEms playing by rules that NO longer apply to politics.

I do not think that many minds were changed by this exercise…..so I ask what was the point here?

Now can the country please move on to real solutions to the problems we face?

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Reparations?

Closing Thought–26Jun19 (Happy Birthday To Me)……

We are having a debate about the possibility of reparations for savagery of slavery…..this debate in Congress was a big thing in the media…..for a couple of weeks and then it died down as the Dem debates came around.

The hearings in Congress on the reparations thingy…..

The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade, with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel next Wednesday. The hearing’s stated purpose: “to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community, and the path to restorative justice.” The June 19 date of the hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties coincides with Juneteenth, a cultural holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved blacks in America, per the AP. Ex-Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the longtime sponsor of House Resolution 40, first proposed the measure calling for a study of reparations in 1989. Conyers reintroduced the bill every session until his resignation in 2017.

Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the resolution’s new sponsor, introduced it earlier this year and pushed for the hearing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in February she supports a reparations study, a topic that hasn’t been the subject of a House hearing since 2007. Reparations had been a fringe issue until Coates’ 2014 essay in the Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” thrust the topic back into the national discourse. Lethal Weapon star Glover has spoken in favor of the issue for years. The reparations debate became part of the 2020 presidential race early, as several Democratic primary candidates signaled their support for compensating slaves’ descendants, though not in a traditional sense of direct payouts to black Americans. Most have been vague on specifics, offering policies addressing economic inequality that could disproportionately benefit blacks .

Now reparations are not the focal point of this post just a little background…..what I want to show is just how out of damn touch the GOP truly has become……and to do that all I need is for the Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell to open his mouth…..

When asked about reparations for slavery on the eve of a House hearing on the issue, McConnell said reparations “for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible,” were not a good idea. Besides, he suggested acts, such as electing Barack Obama president, could be considered a form of compensation.

“We tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a Civil War, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, elected an African American president,” McConnell said. “I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate.”

(USA Today)

If you have nothing intelligent to say or to add then throw Obama into the conversation…..(pathetic political BS)……

Do I need to add anything?

That was probably the most moronic statement uttered by a GOP leader.

They Showed Their Ass

Closing Thought–11Jun19

You know how the people you know complain about the Congress and the way they are a do-nothing bunch…..well yesterday the GOP showed exactly why they are the laughing stock of the nation….

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday held the first of a series of hearings to examine the findings of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in order to determine if any further action, including an impeachment inquiry, is needed.

But the Republican members of the Judiciary Committee chose to spend their time during the hearing delivering petulant, conspiratorial rants instead of taking the hearing seriously or asking any questions that might be relevant to the facts of Mueller’s report.

Most of the Republicans’ childish comments were directed at John Dean, who served as White House counsel to former President Richard Nixon. Dean was brought into the hearing to put Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice into historical context, given that Dean pleaded guilty to helping Nixon obstruct justice during the Watergate investigation.

https://shareblue.com/gop-congressmen-humiliate-themselves-ranting-mueller-report-hearing/

They tried to be cute with John Dean and Dean handed them their asses at every turn……

The GOP has proven to the clowns I have always said they were and I appreciate them making me a prophet……and yet as silly as they all were they will be re-elected at most turns….so maybe the clowns and buffoons are the voters after all.

All in all the GOP clowns gave me a good chuckle yesterday….for that I thank them …..especially this d/bag……Hawley of Missouri……

“Talk about living in the past,” he said. “The Democrats want to talk about Watergate? I mean this happened before I was born! This is a total waste of time. It’s a total waste of time.”

Missouri senator says it’s a waste of time to study history because it was a long time ago

This statement shows just how much damage the educational policies of the GOP have done to the schools and learning in this country…..it is all a joke.

This stunt, and it was a stunt, was more pathetic than the Dems with the KFC bucket when Barr decided not to honor a subpoena……games are all these spineless freaks know….it is never about the governing just how they look on CSPAN.

Sideshow Of The Day

I have been watching and writing about politics and such for more years than I care to remember and I can say without flinching that yesterday was the biggest clusterf*ck I have ever witnessed.

Yes Irene I watched the congressional hearings with the AG yesterday….and I went through a wide array of emotional reactions from pity to disgust to amazement…..To me Barr looked and sounded like a defense attorney and that is NOT his job…..but others saw different things during the course of the day…….

These are the early reports……

  • “I’m not really sure of his reasoning,” Barr said of Mueller’s obstruction analysis, which neither accused the president of a crime nor exonerated him. “I think that if he felt that he shouldn’t go down the path of making a traditional prosecutive decision then he shouldn’t have investigated. That was the time to pull up.”
  • The Guardian reports Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Barr about the exchange detailed in the Mueller report where Trump instructed White House counsel Don McGahn to have Mueller pulled from his post and then deny it. Barr said this doesn’t add up to obstruction because he wasn’t solely saying to have Mueller fired, but to have him fired due to conflicts of interest (in which case a new special counsel would be named).
  • Barr said that after receiving a letter from Mueller that criticized Barr’s four-page letter about the report as “not fully captur[ing] the context, nature, and substance” of the special counsel’s “work and conclusions,” Barr called him. He says Mueller told him “he was not suggesting that we had misrepresented his report.”
  • The Washington Post reports Barr was asked by Sen. John Cornyn about whether the Steele dossier could be an element in a Russian disinformation campaign, and he allowed that it’s possible. “That is one of the areas that I’m reviewing and I’m concerned about it, and I don’t think it’s entirely speculative,” Barr said.
  • Barr repeated that he would have “no objection” to Mueller testifying, but that it would be the president’s “call” as to whether McGahn should testify due to his knowledge of “privileged matters.”
  • Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono launched an aggressive line of questioning against the attorney general, asserting he hadn’t been honest with Congress and calling on him to resign. Hirono also asked Barr if it was OK for a president to ask one of his aides to lie, referencing the report’s examination of whether Trump obstructed justice. When Barr equivocated, Hirono grew angry, saying, “Mr. attorney general, please give us some credit for knowing what the hell is going on right now.” Graham shot back: “You have slandered this man from top to bottom.” Barr himself chimed in, asking “How did we get to this point?”
  • Barr said he didn’t exonerate the president because that’s not the job of the Justice Department. “I didn’t exonerate. I said that we didn’t believe that there was sufficient evidence to establish an obstruction offense. … The job of the Justice Department is now over. That determines whether or not there is a crime. The report is now in the hands of the American people. Everyone can decide for themselves: There’s an election in 18 months.”
  • The Post reports that what might be Barr’s “most robust defense of Trump of the day” came during questioning by Sen. Marsha Blackburn. He said he thinks the evidence demonstrates Trump was “falsely accused of colluding with the Russians and accused of being treasonous and accused of being a Russian agent” but that “to listen to some of the rhetoric, you would think the Mueller report found the opposite.”
  • During her questioning of Barr, Sen. Kamala Harris accused him of failing to review the evidence before deciding not to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. After the hearing, she told reporters “yes” when asked whether she thought Barr should resign, CNN reports. “No prosecutor worth her salt would make a decision on whether (the president) was involved in obstruction of justice without reviewing the evidence,” she said. “This Attorney General lacks all credibility and I think has compromised the public’s ability to believe he is a purveyor of justice.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand also called on Barr to resign, per the Washington Post.
  • CNN also notes that during his questioning by Sen. Cory Booker, Barr appeared to be unaware that Trump’s campaign chairman sent internal polls to a Russian oligarch.
  • As Graham wrapped up the hearing, he said he would invite Mueller to speak to the committee, if needed, to clarify any of Barr’s testimony.
  • The Post has four early takeaways here.
  • More from the AP: The airing of disagreements over the handling of the report was notable given the highly secretive nature of the special counsel’s investigation and the public appearance for at least most of the probe that the Justice Department and Mueller’s team were unified in approach. But Barr sought to minimize the rift by suggesting the special counsel’s concerns were largely about process, not substance.

Reaction to William Barr’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is no calmer than anything else these days. “He must resign as attorney general,” states NBC News analyst Mimi Rocah. “William Barr torched his reputation,” cries the Washington Post. On the other side: “No, Bill Barr Didn’t Lie or Mislead,” per the National Review. Much of the discussion revolves around a letter from Robert Mueller criticizing Barr’s four-page summary of the special counsel’s report, revealed Tuesday night. What does Barr have to say about that? Did he lie in testimony last month when he said, “I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion”? The real head-turner was likely Barr’s characterization of Mueller’s letter as “snitty.” Let’s start with that:

  • “Barr seemed to be admitting, finally, that the letter was what it was: a diplomatically worded but pretty direct rebuke of him and his actions,” writes Aaron Blake in the Washington Post. “…If only Barr had provided that fuller picture from the beginning.”
  • “It’s true that Barr could have revealed the Mueller letter in this exchange, but he also might have considered their back-and-forth private (although the letter was clearly written to leak),” writes Rich Lowry at the National Review.
  • Barr “was clearly peeved, even defiant, at the criticism that his actions had played a distorting role in molding the narrative of the Mueller report in a way that benefited his boss,” per the New York Times.
  • “William Barr can no longer effectively serve as the attorney general of the United States,” writes Rocah at NBC News. “…We should expect and demand objectively, neutrality, honesty and integrity from our top law enforcement official.”
  • Barr said President Trump told White House counsel Don McGahn to remove Mueller over alleged conflict of interest, which differs from a “firing”: “That’s slicing the onion very, very thinly,” writes Chris Cillizza at CNN.
  • “There’s no great mystery about what Attorney General William Barr did Wednesday,” writes Andrew Cohen at Rolling Stone. “…[He] spent hours spinning like a defense attorney with his client’s liberty on the line.”
  • Barr “spent five hours Wednesday attempting to lay waste to the central findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation, taking cutting—sometimes personal—swipes at the man he once described as a friend, and cementing his alliance with President Donald Trump,” per Politico.
  • On Barr’s apparent surprise that Mueller punted on obstruction charges: “I was not surprised” by Barr’s surprise, Ken Starr tells Fox News, per Yahoo. “That was Bob Mueller’s job. And why Bob Mueller did not bite the bullet and come to that decision remains a bit of a mystery.”

The only thing today’s hearing did was illustrate just how badly broken the system is and how badly it needs a major upgrade so that the nation can get back to a nation of laws and sanity…those two characteristics are sadly missing in today’s government.

I originally gave Barr a chance to redeem himself and act like the AG of the nation but instead he sound like a 5th grader trying not to answer a question without answering a question……I said he was a crony or lackey of the prez and that he had done his part to help Trump and that it was time for him to resign…I stand by that thought.

May I add…it was a bloody mess and a bloody comedy in progress.  To watch the top attorney of the nation to sit and look like a deer in the headlights when asked a question was just too perfect to be believed…..

Turn The Page!

Arrogance Runs Deep

I have seen a lot of arrogant twaddle coming from the Trump admin……these toads think they work for Trump and not the people of the US…..

In other words too many that are employed in DC these days thinks their shit don’t stink……like the troll Mnuchin our SecTreas…remember him? He and his arm candy wife were clowning in the Treasury with newly printed money…….

……….anyway he and the House have had a head butting contest……

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters probably won’t be exchanging holiday cards this year after things got a little tense during the Treasury secretary’s testimony on Tuesday. Mnuchin had testified about his plans to respond to requests for President Trump’s tax returns for roughly three hours by 5pm when he reminded committee members that he had a meeting with “a foreign leader,” meaning Bahrain’s interior minister. “It will be embarrassing if I keep this person waiting,” he said, per CNN. “It’s a new day and it’s a new chair,” said Waters. Mnuchin went on to claim a person in his position never testified so long or was treated in such a way by Republicans, as Waters tried to arrange testimony at a later date. “If you wish to leave, you may,” she said with a stern look, refusing to dismiss the hearing.

“If you’d wish to keep me here so that I don’t have my important meeting and continue to grill me, then we can do that,” but “I will not be back here,” Mnuchin said, growing heated. “The secretary has agreed to stay to hear all of the rest of the members,” Waters responded, per the Hill. “Please cancel your meeting and respect our time.” Mnuchin then said she was “instructing” him to stay, while Waters said she was accepting his offer. Mnuchin denied any offer and told Waters to “take the (gavel) and bang it” for a proper dismissal. He left soon after she advised him “not [to] instruct me as to how I am to conduct this committee.” Waters later told CNN that nothing is more important than Congress “trying to find out what exactly this secretary is doing.” Mnuchin only said he would “comply with the law” in regard to Trump’s tax returns, per Time.

His pressing appointment was with some minor minister from Bahrain….WTF is Bahrain?  An island in the Persian Gulf….who has lots of oil dollars and someone that Trump will bow down to on any given day.

Time these self centered jerks get taken down a peg or two……time for them to realize they work for the country and the people and not some country club wannabe.

But wait there is more!

This is from a Congressional Hearing…….

The transcript of the literally unbelievable exchange follows:

Massie: Sec. Kerry, I want to read part of your statement back to you: “Instead of convening a kangaroo court, the president might want to talk with the educated adults he once trusted his top national security positions.” It sounds like you’re questioning the credentials of the president’s advisers, currently. But I think we should question your credentials today. Isn’t it true you have a science degree from Yale?
Kerry: Bachelor of arts degree.
Massie: Is it a political science degree?
Kerry: Yes, political science.
Massie: So how do you get a bachelor of arts, in a science?
Kerry: Well it’s a liberal arts education and degree. It’s a bachelor…
Massie: OK. So it’s not really science. So I think it’s somewhat appropriate that someone with a pseudo-science degree is here pushing pseudo-science in front of our committee today.
Kerry: Are you serious?! I mean this is really a serious happening here?
Massie: You know what? It is serious. You’re calling the president’s Cabinet a “kangaroo court.” Is that serious?
Kerry: I’m not calling his Cabinet a kangaroo court, I’m calling this committee that he’s putting together a kangaroo committee.
Massie: Are you saying it doesn’t have educated adults now?
Kerry: I don’t know who it has yet because it’s secret.
Massie: Well you said it in your testimony.
Kerry: Why would he have to have a secret analysis of climate change?
Massie: Let’s get back to the science of it.
Kerry: But it’s not science, you’re not quoting science!
Massie: Well, You’re the science expert. You have the political science degree.

What can I say?  Massie is in good company….cowards and traitors like Jordan, Gaetz, Nunes and Meadows….time for them to go the way of the dodo……these “people” are a national embarrassment and they do not realize how pathetic their politics appears……at least 33% will think they are god-like……

There should be a sign in DC for those that want to represent the people……”NO STUPID PEOPLE NEED APPLY!”

That would eliminate a bunch of babbling buffoons from local aall the way to the White House.

Thus Spake Cohen

Yesterday the much anticipated Congressional testimony of a long time Trump “fixer”…..Michael Cohen…..

For those that had better things to do but still would like to know what Cohen had to say…..

Michael Cohen began his testimony in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday, and the first words out of his mouth addressed Republican criticism that a known liar, and one who lied to Congress at that, can’t be trusted. “I am here under oath to correct the record, to answer the committee’s questions truthfully, and to offer the American people what I know about President Trump,” he said. He noted he would bolster his words by sharing “documents that are irrefutable and demonstrate that the information you are about to hear is accurate and truthful.” And then he went right at his former boss:

  • “I am ashamed of my weakness and misplaced loyalty, of the things I did for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him. I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts, rather than listening to my own conscience. I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist, he is a conman, and he is a cheat.”
  • “Mr. Trump is an enigma. He is complicated, as am I. He has both good and bad, as do we all. But the bad far outweighs the good, and since taking office, he has become the worst version of himself. He is capable of behaving kindly, but he is not kind. He is capable of committing acts of generosity, but he is not generous. He is capable of being loyal, but he is fundamentally disloyal.”
  • The remainder of his opening statement, which was released in advance, touched on what Cohen said was Trump’s efforts to conceal his SAT and college scores, explained that Trump knew in advance about the Wikileaks drop of emails, and discussed hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels. Read highlights here.
  • CNN’s Brian Stelter notes that in addition to the cable news networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC are airing the hearing and will continue to do so for several hours, putting it in front of an audience that could hit the tens of millions. “Broadcast’s power has receded in recent years, but it still makes a big statement when the broadcasters decide to interrupt their usual talk shows and game shows for big news events.”
    The Guardian reports that there are 42 members of the House committee, each of whom will be able to ask Cohen questions. “It’s going to be a long day,” the paper quips. Read on for highlights.
    House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings dove into one of the 2017 checks Cohen presented as evidence of Trump having reimbursed him for a hush-money payment. “So let me make sure I understand. Donald Trump wrote you a check out of his personal account while he was serving as president of the United States of America to reimburse you for hush money payments to Ms. Clifford. Is that what you are telling the American people today?” Cummings asked. Cohen’s reply: “Yes.”
  • Debbie Wasserman-Schultz asked if it was “likely” Trump “had every intent,” as the Guardian puts it, of working with Russia to win the election. Cohen declines to directly answer, citing other investigations into the question, but says, “Mr. Trump’s desire to win would have him work with anyone.”
    “Republicans have clearly decided their best path to defend Trump is by attacking Cohen,” observes the Guardian. Jim Jordan, Mark Green, James Comer, and subsequent Republican lawmakers used their five minutes each to highlight Cohen’s financial crimes and lies.
  • Cohen said Trump knowingly inflated his assets to get on the Forbes richest people list, that the inflated numbers were used in an effort that could lower insurance premiums, and that they were shared with a bank on one occasion.
    Republican Jim Cooper pointed pushed Cohen on why he worked for Trump for such a long time considering all the negative attributes Cohen says he has. Cohen responded with a warning: Cohen said Trump knowingly inflated his assets to get on the Forbes richest people list, that the inflated numbers were used in an effort that could lower insurance premiums, and that they were shared with a bank on one occasion.
    Cohen got into it with the GOP’s Paul Gosar, who said to him, “You’re a pathological liar. You don’t know truth from falsehood.” Cohen’s response: “Sir, I’m sorry. Are you referring to me or the president?” Gosar pushed back that this was “my time.” “Are you referring to me, sir or the president?” Cohen pushed again.
    GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx pushed Cohen on how his appearance could benefit him. She asked him repeatedly if he could “commit under oath” that he wouldn’t ink a book or film deal in the future. He said no

There you have the breakdown……enjoy and be fearful…..