Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says he’s worried that if the president doesn’t win re-election, there will not be a “peaceful transition of power.”
Cohen testified Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee. He told the committee in closing remarks that his loyalty to Donald Trump has cost him his job, his family and his freedom. And he’s worried the country will suffer a similar fate unless people stop supporting Trump.
Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and orchestrating hush-money payments to women who said they had affairs with Trump.
In matter-of-fact testimony, the former Trump lawyer drew a troubling picture of his former boss, implicating the president in lies big and small to the American public.
He said he was was remorseful for the crimes he committed, and urged Republican members of Congress to reconsider their support for Trump.
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He choked up at one point. He said he once had a “wonderful life” and now has “lost it all.”
He also said he regrets contributing to the “daily destruction of civility” by defending Trump.
“I’m responsible for your silliness because I did the same thing that you’re doing now for 10 years,” Cohen told Republican members of Congress who sought to impugn his credibility.
He warned the members and others who “blindly” support Trump that they could end up suffering “the same consequences that I’m suffering.”