As expected, Michael Cohen branded President Donald Trump a racist Wednesday in his opening remarks before the House Oversight Committee.
But Trump’s former personal attorney may have been surprised to see Lynne Patton present at Wednesday’s hearing — she was a guest of Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a strong supporter of the president.
Patton, an African-American, is a senior official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Trump administration, once considered Cohen “one of my very best friend,” according to an Instagram post she shared Tuesday.
Meadows had Patton stand as he questioned Cohen about his claim that Trump is a racist.
“You made some very demeaning comments about the president that Ms. Patton doesn’t agree with. In fact, it has to do with your claim of racism,” Meadows said.
“She says that, as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, that there is no way that she would work for an individual who was racist,” he added.
Drilling Cohen for proof that Trump is a racist, which he claimed to have, Meadows asked him to produce it. The disgraced attorney responded weakly to say there are no black executives in the Trump Organization.
Meadows asked to put into the record a statement from Patton.
Patton openly questioned Cohen’s claim that Trump is a racist in a post on Twitter, asking why it took him “15 years” to make the allegation.
“I am honored to be the special guest of
@RepMarkMeadows today. I am here in support of @POTUS and in support of the truth, as Michael Cohen (knows that I know) it to be. And the truth is that it doesn’t take you 15 years to call someone a racist. Unless they’re not one,” she tweeted.
I am honored to be the special guest of @RepMarkMeadows today. I am here in support of @POTUS and in support of the truth, as Michael Cohen (knows that I know) it to be. And the truth is that it doesn’t take you 15 years to call someone a racist. Unless they’re not one. pic.twitter.com/jPxeYTbTYT
— 🇺🇸 Lynne Patton (@LynnePatton) February 27, 2019
In the Instagram post, Patton accused Michael Cohen of leveling “unsubstantiated claims” against Trump.
“I am sad that Michael has elected to leverage his own personal illegal activities into nothing more than political theater this week with the sole partisan purpose to embarrass a sitting President with unfounded personal or professional gossip,” she wrote.
“I am sad that Michael would turn his back on a man to whom he has repeatedly said he owes everything in the hope of a reduced prison sentence.”
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As someone who considered #MichaelCohen one of my very best friends for the past 10+ years – virtually inseparable during our tenure at the Trump Organization (and even before) having personally introduced me to the Trump family, leading to my subsequent employment therein, and arguably, my current job – the only word that truly comes to mind this week is sad. I am sad that Michael has elected to leverage his own personal illegal activities into nothing more than political theater this week with the sole partisan purpose to embarrass a sitting President with unfounded personal or professional gossip. I am sad that Michael would turn his back on a man to whom he has repeatedly said he owes everything in the hope of a reduced prison sentence. Lastly, I am sad for myself. Sad that I have wasted so much time and energy caring, supporting and loving a man I now realize I truly never knew. If Michael Cohen had anything of substance to offer against the President of the United States, Mueller would not have rejected his plea for leniency and Cohen would not be going to jail. Period. Above all, I am sad that Michael would – once again, on a world stage – levy unsubstantiated claims – particularly those of bigotry and racism – against a man who has single-handedly helped raise five of the most unbiased and open-minded children I’ve ever known. Four of whom I count among my very best friends, to date. I stated this in my viral video back in 2015 and I’ll say it again: As the daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, there is no amount of money in the world that would make me work for a man who I thought harbored bigoted or racist ideologies. People who have known this man far less than I have have been offered over 7-figures to write best-selling works of fiction, yet the thought has never crossed my mind. So I truly mean it when I say there is no amount of money in the world to make me either work for (nor sell-out) this family. Zero. The bottom line is that, much like Omarosa Manigault Newman, it does not take someone 15 years to figure out someone is a racist. Unless, of course, they’re not one. ?
Patton defended Trump when Omarosa Manigault-Newman claimed there was a recording of him saying the N-word.
“I just spoke to Bill Pruitt tonight before releasing this statement,” Patton said in a statement. “He confirmed to me (before Hardball had even gone off the air) that he does NOT have an audio tape of President Trump using the “N-word” and has NEVER had an audio tape of President Trump using the ‘N-word.’ Period.”
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