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HORIST: Michael Cohen PROVED nothing other than he is a criminal and serial liar

HORIST: Michael Cohen PROVED nothing other than he is a criminal and serial liar

We first need to realize the disbarred attorney Michael Cohen revealed nothing in his much-anticipated congressional testimony that had not been made public in the course of the past two years.  All the facts and unsupported theories were packaged in what can only be described as a prosecuting lawyer’s closing argument – filled with a scattering of facts, biased interpretations of documents, innuendoes, unprovable statements and obvious misrepresentation of facts.  The testimony was crafted to get President Trump indicted in the court-of-public-opinion and worse.

The problem with Cohen’s testimony is that it did nothing to establish credibility.  Quite the contrary.  If one did not know better, the first part of his opening statement made it sound like he was up for canonization.  You would have believed that Cohen was a noble, honest and decent human being – a civic benefactor and wonderful family man.

It was when he got into his obligatory mea culpa that one would realize that Cohen is a criminal and liar – and even then he minimized his crimes as foolish mistakes of a good man.  He was led into his life of lies and crimes by the mesmerizing influence of Trump – and yes, he actually used the word “mesmerized.”  He seemed to see himself – or at least wanted others to see him – as victim in all his admitted crimes.  This is not something that one would normally think of in an ambitious, hard-nosed New York lawyer.

In his summation argument, he brought up every accusation that had befallen Trump since he rode down the escalator in Trump tower after announcing his candidacy for President of the United States.  It was clear that absolution and justice were not his primary motivations.  He was out for revenge.

He made broad claims about Trump’s character, leaving no room for any good quality.  He heard Trump make racist remarks, which apparently no one else ever heard – and many disputed.  He made claims regarding the purpose of checks and bank documents that were not substantiated by the documents themselves – it was only one man’s opinion.  He dwelt on actions by Trump that, if true, would not have been criminal – such as asking to have his school records sealed.  We need to recall that President Obama when to great lengths to make sure his school records were never seen by the public.

His use of innuendo was shameful.  He said he did not know specifically of any collusion between Trump and Russian operatives but incredibly implied that when Trump’s son informed the candidate that “the meeting is set,” it was about the Trump tower meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Considering the number of meetings a presidential campaign holds, that is a preposterous interpretation.  To add false credibility to that interpretation, Cohen engaged in yet another preposterous statement – that no one does anything in the Trump Organization without Trump knowing about it.  Given the size of the Trump Organization and the number of employees – including management decision makers —  that is not only untrue, it is impossible.

It was clear that Cohen’s primary objective was to engage in partisan politics to damage Trump with accusations that would play well with the left-leaning anti-Trump news media.  Under questioning, he admitted that prior to his testimony Cohen and his attorneys had conferred with Democrats leading into his testimony.

There was not a single accusation Cohen made against the President that went beyond his opinion – his allegation.  There were not only no smoking guns, there was zero corroborating evidence of his direct accusations or his interpretations of what documents he provided.  Since the entire testimony relies on Cohen’s believability, his credibility is all-important.  So, should he be believed?

The primary purpose for people telling lies is to benefit themselves.  While Cohen said he lied for Trump’s benefit, that was secondary.  The primary reason for his lies was to maintain a position that was financially rewarded not only in his pay from Trump but for the millions he was raking in solely because of his perceived influence with the President.  He had a glamour job in which he was dealing at the highest levels with people of power and prominence.  For a guy who would otherwise likely be a second-rate  lawyer in Brooklyn.

Self-interest was also behind the lies unrelated to Trump which represented the bulk of his criminal convictions.  That included multiple counts of bank fraud and tax evasion involving tens of millions of dollars.

Interestingly, Cohen gave deceptive, inaccurate and conflicting statements in his latest testimony.  Some were minor.  Others were more substantive.  Despite his documented history of lies, he said he is not a liar.  He claimed that he had not defrauded any banks even though some of his convictions were crimes of bank fraud. Cohen claimed that he never wanted to work in the White House even though there was ample documented evidence that he was attempting to and expecting to get a position in the White House.  In one case, a Cohen statement got him a criminal referral to the Department of Justice for further investigation –exposing him to yet another charge of lying to Congress.

Cohen came before Congress with a clear intent to bring down Trump – to render his personal revenge.  He also came before Congress with a high motivation to lie – and a long history as a liar.  Even many of Trump critics conceded that Cohen is NOT a credible witness.

Cohen’s statement was nothing less than a lawyer’s brief against an individual.  He well understood that the biased major media would not act as a judge in the court-of-public-opinion but rather as prosecution witnesses – and judging from the follow up reports, he was correct.

Cohen did launch one new anti-Trump narrative.  He made the ridiculous contention that if Trump were to lose the 2020 election, he would attempt to retain power.  That was the same outrageous prediction made by against President Obama by the more extreme and irrational elements on the right.  Amazingly, the anti-Trump press picked up even on that bizarre statement as if it had some validity.  It really demonstrated how seriously Trump Derangement Syndrome has afflicted even the mainstream media.

How much of Cohen’s testimony will lead to damaging information or evidence against Trump – and it is possible some might – it is yet to be determined.  Looking at Cohen’s credibility and the lack of real, hard evidence is only one side of the picture.  There will come another view.  How Cohen’s testimony may be meaningful in getting at Trump will be the subject of a subsequent commentary.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. TexRancher

    That swagger will carry Cohen a long way with the boys when he hits the CrossBar Hotel!

  2. Ranelle P Sanders

    It just seems strange to me that someone who finds himself in hot water they automatically want to start blaming Pres. Trump. Well let me tell you about our President. I am a widow living on a fixed income and he has been the only one since Pres. Bush that seems to care about us. Mr. O. made a statement that we get too much money, well I would like for him to come out of million dollar mansion and live on what we lived on while he was supposed to be our president but instead he sold us out to every country he could. But Pres. Trump comes into office and all of sudden there is nothing but critical remarks made about him, no one has taken the time to check and see what he has done for our country. This man knows his business and if the Dems would leave him alone and work with him we might have a lot better world. Pres. Trump gave the seniors and nice raise and we all appreciate it it really helps for us to live some better. Peloski should be run out of town on a rail and never seen again she has a big mouth. People I promise you this Pres. Trump loves this country and is trying his best to bring us back with some dignity and respect, we have all made racist remarks at some time in our lives. So raise our heads together and work with our President and see the results. I promise you it will change your lives.

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  4. Larry Williams

    I have served in the military and had two different jobs in law enforcement. In my experience I have never seen a more pathetic man than Michael Cohen it is almost nauseating to see a man grovel at the feet if group of Socialits that have no love for anybody or this country. This fellow Cohen is supposed to be an educated Man who went to law school and kisses the hand of the Democrats like spaniel that has been kicked, punched and abused. He has relegated himself to dog. When you sink to this level you are no longer a man. Reminds me of Francis Scott Key telling a British General on one of their Frigate Prison Ships when told to take down our flag for his and the other prisoners freedom and he proclaimed,” I would rather die on my feet than grovel on my knees” . Like a Navy Chief said,” to me they used to make Iron men and wooden ships now they make wooden men and Iron ships.” Michael Cohen you sir have ceased to to be man, you are now of the canine class.

  5. Virginia Ann McCammon

    President Trump is the best President this Country has had! Everything he has tried to do for Our Country the Democrats stand in his way!!! Just not right!!! I was a Democrat all my life until 2016. I changed to a Republican, because Hillary saddened me with all of her wrong doings. Thank God President Trump won!! It sickens me to think about what Hillary would have done and now it sickens me to see Democrats trying to turn Our Country into Socialism. What in the world is wrong with them??????????? Michael Cohen is just trying to get his sentence reduced! He is definitely not truth full and is thinking about himself only. I feel so sorry for his family, but not him.

  6. Norma R. McCann

    Like most Americans, we are sick to death of the finger pointing and trying to bring the POTUS down. The world knew who Donald Trump was when America elected him President. We do not need a parade of disgruntled democrats to tattle on Trump when they have done things much worse. All I see and hear is a bunch of women with unhappy lives who just like to see their names in the news!

    ENOUGH ALREADY!!! Doesn’t America have much larger problems? The first Amendment has been trashed with all this CRAP. Trump is our President. Get over it and do the job you have with honesty, courage, respect and true information.

  7. Debbie

    You changed my answers. Trump is a criminal hope he and his children all go to prison. Do not send me emails

  8. Joshua

    Stop telling me that Cohen is spouting lies and giving ZERO evidence. Let me make the decision for myself. The evidence is actually making a lot of what you’re writing look wrong… You are calling him a criminal but in his conviction, it says that he was directed by Individual #1 (Trump). So is he a criminal or not? I don’t care about libtards or conspiracies but I care about JUSTICE. Our President has some egregious CRIMINAL acts and we are no better than liberals if we are too blind to see it.

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