Michael Cohen may have just helped Donald Trump

Michael Cohen may have just helped Donald Trump
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[Ed. – Cohen’s admitting in his opening statement he has lied but is not a liar can’t hurt either.]

Michael Cohen … spent much of his time savaging the president unmercifully, which earned him savage treatment of his own from the Republican members of the committee and strange new ­respect from members on the other side of the aisle.

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…His testimony and answers actually helped the president when it came to the matter of Trump’s possible impeachment.

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It turns out his lawyer-fixer doesn’t have the goods.

Early reports on what Cohen might say suggested he was ­going to tell the committee that Trump told him to lie to Congress about his alleged porn-star payoffs. That would have meant the president had suborned perjury — a serious crime. Such testimony would indeed have amounted to a smoking cruise missile aimed directly at the White House.

But that is not what Cohen said.

This is what he said: “Mr. Trump did not directly tell me to lie to Congress. That’s not how he operates. In conversations we had during the campaign … he would look me in the eye and tell me there’s no business in Russia and then go out and lie to the American people by saying the same thing.” …

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