Trump last year: Ask Cohen about the payments. Republicans today: Don't ask him anything

It seems two years of shielding Trump from scrutiny over his unethical and potentially lawless behavior wasn’t enough for Republicans.

Two GOP lawmakers and fervent Trump toadies — Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio — tried to shut down Michael Cohen’s testimony before it even began Wednesday, citing “rules” that they never cared about until now.

But now that the GOP is in the minority, after voters roundly rejected the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections, their desperate attempt failed, and the hearing proceeded as planned.

“You’ve made it clear that you do not want to hear what Mr. Cohen has to say, but the American people have the right to hear him, so we’re going to proceed,” Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said after Democrats voted to ignore Meadows and Jordan and their stunt.

Cohen is expected to unload on Trump, bringing proof that Trump engaged in alleged campaign finance misdeeds, inflated his wealth, and made racist comments about African Americans.

It’s no wonder Republicans wanted to shut down Cohen’s testimony before it could get started.

They’re panicked that it will severely hurt their dear leader Trump.

But Democrats won’t stand for it.

“The days of this committee protecting the president at all costs are over,” Cummings said.

Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Emily Singer.


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