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    Re: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, to testify publicly before Congress

    Well, the cable news services will sure be excited about this.

    In all likelihood this will be little more than an opportunity for Democrat House members to grandstand in front of the cameras and it will be a great opportunity for Cohen to spread a little more conjecture. However, it will be little more than a show and it's HIGHLY unlikely that anything substantive will come of the media event.

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    Re: Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify to Congress ...

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    I'll make plenty of popcorn for that show!
    My sister lives in New Hampshire and she called when she heard this news and said "Come up to New Hampshire that day! We'll make tacos and Trumpburgers!"
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    Re: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, to testify publicly before Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by NeverTrumpGOP View Post
    I remain skeptical of Mr. Cohen. What are the consequences if he does lie? There doesn't seem to be any. Also there doesn't seem to be any checks and balances we can place on his testimony except his "newfound" hatred of his former client and his rather new insistence of following the law. I do believe this could be a turning point, but so far Cohen has done minimal if not no damage to Mr. Trump and his association with him has already seemingly blown over in the minds of the public at large.

    However, I did not grow up in the time of Mr. John Dean and Mr. Nixon.
    A lot will obviously depend upon Cohen's subject of testifying. If only Stormy related, it probably won't move the needle much. If there's serious Russian or other serious stuff he knows of, it could be a bit more of a mover.

    Remember, it's not the ends of the political spectrum that need to move, but the middle. At least in terms of 2020. And to those that stay agnostic or undecided, a personal recounting by an individual under oath, if credible appearing, can hold at least some sway.

    Trump likely will not be impeached. But he needs to win a 2020 election where he currently has marginal chance with only his base behind him.
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    Re: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, to testify publicly before Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by NeverTrumpGOP View Post
    I remain skeptical of Mr. Cohen. What are the consequences if he does lie? There doesn't seem to be any. Also there doesn't seem to be any checks and balances we can place on his testimony except his "newfound" hatred of his former client and his rather new insistence of following the law. I do believe this could be a turning point, but so far Cohen has done minimal if not no damage to Mr. Trump and his association with him has already seemingly blown over in the minds of the public at large.

    However, I did not grow up in the time of Mr. John Dean and Mr. Nixon.
    In a normal world, lying to Congress gets you perjury charges & jail time. But, depending on how politically valuable a lie would be will determine if the Democrat Congress actually would pursue perjury charges.

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    Re: Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify to Congress ...

    I have a feeling this was part of the deal Cohen made with the FBI when it was reported he was cooperating even more. This may be Mueller's plan to get out a lot of Trump's secrets without having to wrap up the entire investigation to do that. Cohen is a known liar, but he's also someone who Trump threw under the bus and has no more reasons to lie. It will be interesting to say the least.
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    Re: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, to testify publicly before Congress

    Considering how much the Republican-led house hid and obfuscated during the Republican's control, there are months and months of this sort of thing we need in order to play catch-up.

    The thing is, plenty of people have a *lot* of information the public has not been informed of yet (an informed electorate?), regarding the Trump administration's Russia dealings and the inner-workings of his activities.
    With Mueller wrapping up, and the House getting the go-ahead from Mueller's team that certain areas area open to public discussion, I agree, this should get interesting.

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    Re: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, to testify publicly before Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Well, the cable news services will sure be excited about this.

    In all likelihood this will be little more than an opportunity for Democrat House members to grandstand in front of the cameras and it will be a great opportunity for Cohen to spread a little more conjecture. However, it will be little more than a show and it's HIGHLY unlikely that anything substantive will come of the media event.
    I think much will depend upon what Cohen claims, and (eventually) if Mueller's report contains backing evidence of his claims. But Stormy related stuff alone, unless highly criminal, won't move the needle that much I suspect.
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    Re: Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify to Congress ...

    Quote Originally Posted by HumblePi View Post
    My sister lives in New Hampshire and she called when she heard this news and said "Come up to New Hampshire that day! We'll make tacos and Trumpburgers!"
    Ha. Thatís awesome. Sounds like a party!


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    Re: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, to testify publicly before Congress

    Quote Originally Posted by Chomsky View Post
    A lot will obviously depend upon Cohen's subject of testifying. If only Stormy related, it probably won't move the needle much. If there's serious Russian or other serious stuff he knows of, it could be a bit more of a mover.

    Remember, it's not the ends of the political spectrum that need to move, but the middle. At least in terms of 2020. And to those that stay agnostic or undecided, a personal recounting by an individual under oath, if credible appearing, can hold at least some sway.

    Trump likely will not be impeached. But he needs to win a 2020 election where he currently has marginal chance with only his base behind him.
    I agree. I hope there's a cell phone question, or two.
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    Re: Michael Cohen Agrees to Testify to Congress ...

    Quote Originally Posted by HumblePi View Post
    I have a feeling this was part of the deal Cohen made with the FBI when it was reported he was cooperating even more. This may be Mueller's plan to get out a lot of Trump's secrets without having to wrap up the entire investigation to do that. Cohen is a known liar, but he's also someone who Trump threw under the bus and has no more reasons to lie. It will be interesting to say the least.
    So Mueller, after years of investigation and millions of our tax-payer dollars, will choose to release information about the Trump-Russia collusion investigation through a crooked lawyer who has admitted to lying under oath and is going straight to jail after he testifies? That's one helluva strategy.
    I would think that the FBI would want to tightly control any damning information so they can control its release so that they make their case for whatever it is they recommend. But, that's just me.
    Make sure y'all prepare some nothingburgers for your dining pleasure.

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