“I don’t know.”
In what many conservatives will take as one of the most revealing moments in Michael Cohen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz asked him if he could prove that then-presidential candidate Donald Trump had direct knowledge of Roger Stone‘s alleged coordination with Wikileaks.
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Cohen, who was the president’s longtime personal attorney, had previously claimed that Trump and his former adviser Stone were in regular contact, saying Stone “frequently reached out to Mr. Trump and Mr. Trump was very happy to take his calls”.
However, when asked on Wednesay how he could corroborate that claim, Cohen replied, “I don’t know.”
Cohen would go on to say that he “suspects that the Special Counsel’s office and other government agencies have the information that you’re seeking.”
The answer squares with one of the chief criticisms Republicans have lobbed at the significance of Cohen’s testimony and the light in which it paints Trump: How much weight should the words of an admitted fabricator carry?
The answer is unlikely to please congressional Democrats, many of whom were hoping Cohen’s testimony could uncover evidence that has proved to be elusive in the two year investigation.
Republicans repeatedly attacked Cohen’s credibility, pointing to the fact that Cohen had already pleaded guilty to lying to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees.
Cohen’s long awaited testimony comes as Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s office is expected to wrap up their investigation as early as next week. The Justice Department is yet to reveal how much of Mueller’s report will be made available to the public.
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