Michael Cohen’s public testimony hasn’t yet occurred, but Democratic lawmakers are already making strong conclusions based just on his leaked opening statement.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) went on CNN Wednesday morning and didn’t mince any words about what she thought about some of the explosive allegations made by Cohen in his opening statement, including witnessing Trump and Roger Stone talking about future WikiLeaks email dumps in the summer of 2016.
“Donald Trump was aware, was informed, was engaged in this criminal conspiracy to rig the election on his behalf,” she said. “And he did so in conjunction with the Russians.”
CNN’s John Berman then pressed Speier about whether she could really say that Trump had conspired with Russia, and she didn’t back down.
“I think that what we will see is that the rigging took took place as a dance that went on between Russia, Donald Trump, his campaign, in terms of the use of the social media,” she said. “All of these pieces are now coming together that have heretofore not been to us.”
Speier went on to say that Cohen’s testimony offers new avenues for congressional investigators to discover just what Trump and his campaign officials have lied about in terms of their dealings with Russian operatives.
“I think what we will find out there was a conspiracy to lie by a number of people associated with Donald Trump and his campaign,” she said. “This is just the beginning of what I think is a very serious and probably impeachable offense.”
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‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman
One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.
Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.
Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.
Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution
CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.
"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."
Trump-loving “hate group” leader struggles to defend chauvinism during CNN interview on Portland chaos
Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the scene of another far-right mobilization by groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer.
Tarrio had traveled from Miami to take part in the far-right rally in Portland and appeared to be wearing body armor.