It was announced Thursday that Michael Cohen, the president’s former attorney and “fixer,” will testify in an open session of Congress. The decision by Cohen likely comes from a man with vengeance for his former client, who has been ruthless in attacking him.
Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks explained to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi that the major thing is that this testimony will be public. Up until now, everything Cohen has divulged has been hidden from American view.
“It’s time for the public to have the education about what the facts are and so now that he’s cooperating and willing, to tell the truth, they can hear the truth from him,” said Wine-Banks.
Americans can finally “judge his credibility themselves. So, the fact that they are doing it now in public is a really important educational tool,” she said.
There are other questions that Cohen can clear up for Americans searching for confirmation on the Mueller investigation.
First, Wine-Banks said that Cohen can once and for all clarify that “Individual Number One” is in fact, Donald Trump.
“He also had a relationship with Donald Jr. and he may be able to give evidence about that,” Wine-Banks said. “He may be able to give evidence about payoffs beyond Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal and maybe even payments to other women but also to things that are more related to the real estate business and the fact that he’s coming in voluntarily is also important.”
The Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya is another thing he might have some insight into.
Cohen “can show evidence that there is a reason why sanctions are being dropped and that there is a quid pro quo,” she continued.
She noted that many in the public, indeed many Republican officials, have given Trump a pass because much of this information has not been given past the grand jury.
“They didn’t want to hear the truth in the past, they wouldn’t issue subpoenas to a lot of other witnesses,” she said of House Republicans, who closed the investigation nearly one year ago.
“Obviously there’s now enough corroboration that he’s telling the truth that the prosecutors are willing to accept his cooperation,” Wine-Banks explained. “So, I think that that also tells us something about why we could believe what he’s saying now. I also want to know about any trip he took to [to Prague.] There was some convincing evidence that he actually did go to Prague and I would like to hear more about that.”
If he did go to Prague it will be a clear link to the Russians and interference in the election.
Watch her full take below:
Giuliani’s latest trip to Ukraine opened a new door for prosecutors to go after Trump: MSNBC analyst
On MSNBC Saturday afternoon, legal analyst Danny Cevallos explained how Rudy Giuliani's trip to Ukraine to produce anti-impeachment propaganda could end up harming his legal position — by muddying attorney-client privilege with President Donald Trump.
"The only path to legitimacy is if there was a true corruption threat in Ukraine, and specifically if Hunter Biden and Burisma posed a true corruption threat," said Cevallos. "That is why Rudy Giuliani is in Ukraine. He's building that case. So that he can show, bring a news network there, right-leaning news network to do a documentary or investigate this issue and yield factual information that Rudy Giuliani can point to and say, this corruption, this evidence, these facts show that President trump was warranted in requesting an investigation, not generally into corruption, specifically into Hunter Biden. It's the only path that will work for Republicans that passes even remotely any kind of smell test. Even then, it's a bit of a stretch."
Trump declares himself the ‘greatest of all presidents’ in manic tweetstorm attacking Pelosi and Democrats
Donald Trump broke out of his Twitter hibernation on Saturday afternoon just before flying off to Florida for a pair of fundraisers, and used the opportunity to declare himself the "greatest of all presidents."
Attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for not passing his signature trade bill, Trump then went after Democrats for trying to impeach him -- saying they were making a big mistake.
On Twitter, the president wrote: ""Hard to believe, but if Nancy Pelosi had put our great Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada, USMCA, up for a vote long ago, our economy would be even better. If she doesn’t move quickly, it will collapse!"
Donald Trump sounds like a complete lunatic because he’s isolated himself in a far-right media bubble
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
If you have an older relative who spends way too much time stewing in the conservative media, you may have experienced a moment when you not only disagreed with him, but you realized that you had no earthly clue what he was going on about. Perhaps it was when he started talking about the UN plot to eliminate golf courses and replace paved roads with bicycle paths. Maybe he stopped you in your tracks with a discourse on why flies were attracted to Barack Obama, or complained about the government insisting on referring to Christians as "Easter-worshippers" or expressed outrage over 9/11 hijackers being given leniency by Muslim jurists.