On Wednesday, Michael Cohen appeared before the House Oversight Committee and testified everything he knows concerning President Trump—with whom he worked with for ten years—and the Trump campaign—who he helped in 2016.
The hearing was somewhat odd as Cohen previously lied to Congress and is set to go to prison later this month as a result. So, why should anyone believe what he is saying this time? Or, rather, does anyone still believe he is telling the truth?
According to the report, Cohen’s entire testimony fell flat as he “couldn’t verify any of the stuff Democrats really wanted him to.”
Check out these missed marks:
“No, he didn’t have any evidence of Russian collusion. He says the president was informed about a WikiLeaks document dump by Roger Stone, but that Stone was a ‘free agent’ whose association with the campaign was tenuous at best,” the Western Journal reports.
“Cohen also stated unequivocally he was never in Prague — where the Trump dossier speculated he liaised with Kremlin officials — despite a McClatchy DC report from December of last year which stated his phone had pinged off of cellular towers in the region,” the report continued.
And, “He [Cohen] says Trump didn’t specifically instruct him to lie before Congress regarding real estate negotiations in Moscow. He thinks — but he can’t actually prove — that the president knew about the Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.”
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So were his words to be believed?
According to a report from the Hill, “less than half of those surveyed in a new poll found Michael Cohen’s public testimony to Congress credible.”
The testimony from “Trump’s former personal attorney is unlikely to be a political game-changer,” the Hill adds.
Here’s the poll:
Thirty-seven percent of registered voters contacted Feb. 28 and March 1 for The Hill-HarrisX poll said they found Cohen’s testimony credible, compared to 25 percent who said they did not find him credible.
Thirty-nine percent said they had not yet formed an opinion of Cohen’s testimony.
Democrats were much more likely to believe Cohen, with 58 saying they found his testimony credible and just 11 percent saying they did not find him credible.
Republicans were much less likely to find Cohen credible, though less than half — 48 percent — said they found his testimony was not believable.
Just 15 percent of Republicans said they thought Cohen was credible, while 37 percent said they were undecided.Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say they were unsure about Cohen. Thirty-one percent of Democratic respondents said they had no opinion of Cohen’s claims.
Self-identified independent voters were much more likely to say they had no opinion about Cohen’s testimony. Almost half, 48 percent, said they were unsure while 35 percent said he was credible and 18 percent said he was not.
Women were also much less likely to have formed an opinion with 49 percent saying they were unsure what to think of Cohen. Thirty-two percent said they believed him while 19 percent did not.
Forty-two percent of men said Cohen was credible, 31 percent said he was not, and 27 percent were unsure.
The majority of younger voters, those between the ages of 18 and 34, said they had no opinion of Cohen. Fifty-six percent were unsure of his allegations.