Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) slammed Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, for testifying before Congress about the president’s political career and “criminal activity.”
Jordan, a member of the House Oversight Committee, blamed Cohen’s legal consultant, Lanny Davis, for organizing the whole committee.
"Certainly it's the first time a convicted purger has been brought back to be a star witness in a hearing," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) slams Cummings for Cohen hearing. "And there is the reason this is the a first, because no other committee would do it." https://t.co/4McXejykRV pic.twitter.com/VhHLuoWsEi— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 27, 2019
“This is the Michael Cohen hearing presented by Lanny Davis,” Jordan said. “That’s right. Lanny Davis choreographed the whole darn thing. The Clintons’ best friend, loyalist, operative. Lanny Davis put this all together. You know how we know? He told our staff. He told the committee staff. He said the hearing was his idea. He selected this committee, he had to talk Michael Cohen into coming, and most importantly, he had to persuade the chairman to actually have it. He told us it took him two months to get that job done. But here we are.”
Davis was sitting near Cohen during the testimony.
Everything you need to know about Cohen’s testimony is sitting behind him: Lanny Davis. This is about revenge for Clinton’s 2016 loss in 2020. pic.twitter.com/i84Ks8Pttt— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 27, 2019
Jordan also shamed Chairman Elijah Cummings for allowing Cohen to present himself before the committee.
“This might be the first time someone convicted of lying to Congress has appeared again to quickly in front of Congress,” Jordan said.
Townhall reported yesterday that Cohen was disbarred in New York by the Attorney Grievance Committee for the First Appellate Division. Last year, Cohen pleaded guilty for lying before Congress for “making false statements, tax evasion of and campaign finance violation.” He testified falsely about the Trump Organization’s real estate project in Moscow, Russia.
“And there’s a reason this is a first,” Jordan continued. “Because no other committee would do it.”
Jordan later questioned Cohen's intentions behind his illegal activity and whether or not they were done out of loyalty to Trump. This includes filing false tax returns from 2012 and 2016 and failing to pay $1.4 million in taxes at the time.
He also questioned his involvement in the creation of a fake twitter account called "Women for Cohen."
Jordan pressing Cohen about a fake twitter account "Women for Cohen" pic.twitter.com/bCEYWIerF0— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 27, 2019
"In a world of lies, deception and fraud, we appreciate this honest guy @MichaelCohen #tgif #handsome #sexy," Jorden read from the account. Cohen chuckled in reaction to him reading the tweet.
"Was that done to protect the president," Jordan asked.
"Mr. Jordan, I actually didn't set that up. It was done by a young lady that worked for RedFinch."
Cohen hired the owner of the tech firm RedFinch Solutions LLC, John Gauger, to set up a fake account that would portray him as a "sex symbol" during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to Business Insider.
"We were having fun," Cohen said.