ALABAMA PROFESSOR WEIGHS IN ON MICHAEL COHEN TESTIMONY

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Wednesday offered plenty of drama in Washington, D.C., as President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen testified in a public hearing on Capitol Hill.

Cohen called Trump a racist, a conman and a cheat, saying under oath that Trump personally knew about the money Cohen was instructed to give as hush money to former adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

University of Alabama Political Science Professor Allen Linken said the testimony shows a partial divide between Republicans in Congress.

“A lot of the referendum in the last midterm election was a referendum on Donald Trump, and I think we’re seeing a very similar strategy today among the Republicans and House.”

Linken said there are two says Republicans can come at this testimony. They can either discredit Cohen as a witness or can try and discredit his story.

“Discrediting the witness seems to be a strategy the House Republicans are approaching, attacking Mr. Cohen as a convicted liar in federal court, but the issue with attacking a witness is even a liar may be telling the truth,” Linken said.

Cohen also testified that Trump used his presidential campaign as a marketing tool, and didn’t expect to win the primary or the general election.

The hearing offered Cohen a chance to tell his side of the story in public before he reports to prison for a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to tax crimes, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress in previous testimony.

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