Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) criticized House Democrats on Wednesday for holding a hearing with convicted felon Michael Cohen on the day of President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam.
“A new low for House Democrats: holding hearings with Michael Cohen while President Trump negotiates with North Korea about giving up their nuclear arsenal,” Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.
New Low for House Democrats:
Holding hearings with Michael Cohen while President @realDonaldTrump negotiates with North Korea about giving up their nuclear arsenal.
Democrats hatred of Trump is undercutting an important foreign policy effort and is way out of line.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 27, 2019
Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, is scheduled to prison in May to serve a three-year sentence for financial crimes, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress.
He testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Feb. 27, slandering Trump without offering evidence.
“Democrats’ hatred of Trump is undercutting an important foreign policy effort and is way out of line,” Graham said. “If Republicans had pulled such a stunt, the mainstream media would be outraged!”
Cohen was sentenced as a result of a case that grew out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia. The special counsel, who is close to concluding the investigation, has not produced any evidence or indictments related to collusion.
After interviewing more than 200 witnesses and reviewing documentary evidence, the House and Senate intelligence committees have concluded that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“This might be the first time that someone convicted of lying to Congress has appeared again so quickly in front of Congress,” Rep. Jim Jordan said. “There is a reason this is a first—because no other committee would do it.”
Trump responded on Twitter in the hours leading up to his summit with Kim.
Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2019
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