A poster propped behind Republicans grilling Michael Cohen set out in five words: “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!”

They sounded angry, whipped off their glasses and threw paper down on their desks as they questioned Michael Cohen about his misdeeds. Republicans hammered on Cohen for being a convicted liar, suggesting he’s especially lying now about Trump.

The president piped up from Vietnam during the hearing with a similar approach.

He tweeted: “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!”

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, center, ranking member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform talks with Rep. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

“You’ve claimed that you’ve lied but you’re not a liar,” Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga, told Michael Cohen. “Just to set the record straight, if you lied, you are a liar by definition.”

Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., told Cohen: “I don’t think colleagues on the other side of the aisle [Democrats]  are afraid that you’re going to lie. I think they’re afraid you’re going to tell the truth.”

All the while, Republicans portrayed the hearing as a sham, motivated by animus against the president, with Cohen’s mere presence in the hearing room serving as proof.

Cohen was already heading to prison next month after pleading guilty to violating campaign finance laws and yes, lying to Congress. In his opening statement, Cohen again admitted having lied to protect Trump and himself.

He said Trump did not ask him directly to lie to Congress, specifying that’s not the president’s style.

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell gestures while speaking before the House Committee on Financial Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell gestures while speaking before the House Committee on Financial Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

At one point, he said he appreciates that Republicans are attacking “me every single time about taxes, (saying) I have no credibility.”

“It’s for exactly that reason that I spent the last week searching boxes in order to find the information that I did so that you don’t have to take my word for it. I don’t want you to,” he said. “I want you to look at the documents.”

Republicans held firm to their goal of showing Cohen can’t be trusted.

“Where are those boxes? Are they in your garage or…?” asked Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., who asked for more detail on whether they should have been turned over to law enforcement.

Sen. Lindsey Graham raised a question to Michael Cohen: “Did you go to Prague — or anywhere else — to coordinate or collude with the Russians as claimed in the Steele dossier?

Sen. Lindsey Graham concluded: “From what I heard today, Mr. Cohen did not provide any evidence at all that would suggest President Trump colluded with the Russians.”

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