Michael Cohen admitted during testimony that he had spoken to Rep. Adam Schiff about what “topics” might be raised during the House Oversight Committee hearing.
The bombshell admission came during questioning by Rep. Jim Jordan at Wednesday’s hearing with the former personal attorney to President Donald Trump who revealed he had spoken with a few Democrats before the hearing, including Schiff, Chairman Elijah Cummings, and “various individuals” in the Democratic party.
“I spoke to Mr. Schiff about topics that were going to be raised at the upcoming hearing,” Cohen responded when the Ohio Republican asked what the two men had discussed prior to the hearing.
“Whoa,” Jordan, Jordan, the ranking member of the committee, reacted. “Not just what time you’re going to show up, but what you’re going to talk about? Wow.”
Cohen is expected to be questioned by Schiff on Thursday when he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee. The California Democrat who chairs that committee claimed Wednesday that, if Cohen’s testimony is true, it proves that Trump was “engaged in criminal activity” while in office as president.
“So, that’s pretty breathtaking when you think about it, that the president of the United States is allegedly paying hush money as president of the United States, and misleading the country about it.” Schiff told CNN Wednesday. “And that’s pretty serious business.”
“The needle has certainly been moved. And it’s been moved right into the White House. If Mr. Cohen’s allegations are correct, it means the President, while in office … was engaged in criminal activity,” House Intel Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff says https://t.co/pLTNzDMW5c pic.twitter.com/BbGmOM17jZ
— CNN (@CNN) February 27, 2019
Naturally, the mainstream media sought to downplay Cohen’s remarks about meeting with the Democrat.
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake declared there was probably a “pretty simple likely explanation” for the meeting.
Jim Jordan expresses shock that Cohen discussed topics of his testimony with House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
There’s a pretty simple likely explanation: They needed to decide what topics were on- or off-limits, because of investigations.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) February 27, 2019
The “Fox & Friends” hosts discussed the remarks which Steve Doocy suggested amounted to “congressional collusion.”
Fox & Friends accuses Lanny Davis and Adam Schiff of writing Michael Cohen’s opening and closing statements, in what Steve Doocy calls “congressional collusion” pic.twitter.com/D8G2GarGnW
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 28, 2019
Cohen’s statement instantly caused a stir as conservatives across social media reacted to what GOP chair Ronna McDaniel called out as a “total Democrat charade.”
Michael Cohen admitted he met with Democrats and their staffs before his testimony.
He even admitted to preparing for the testimony with Adam Schiff.
His attorney is Lanny Davis, a longtime Clinton ally.
This was a total Democrat charade.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 27, 2019
Quickie Summary of Cohen’s testimony:
-Sleazy Adam Schiff met with Cohen before he testified
-Cohen worked for Trump for 10yrs, took his $, but thinks he’s a bad guy
-Cohen has ZERO evidence of collusion
-Cohen thinks Cohen is a “fool”
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) February 28, 2019
So Cohen got together with Schiff before the hearing.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) February 28, 2019
Cohen is trending, Republicans is trending, Jim Jordan is trending.
The most important person who needs to be investigated ASAP is not trending. Democrat Adam Schiff.
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) February 27, 2019
Michael Cohen hearing so far:
Cohen admitted there is no evidence of Russian collusion
Cohen also admitted he colluded with Democrat Reps. Adam Schiff & Elijah Cummings before his testimony
This hearing is nothing more than a Democrat hit job against a successful President
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 27, 2019
Make no mistake. Cohen admitted that Schiff coached his testimony.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) February 27, 2019
Michael Cohen just admitted that he consulted with Rep. Adam Schiff (D) on what would be asked and said today. This is a fully produced drama orchestrated by congressional Democrats. Cohen wants a book deal, a movie, a redemption story and a reduced sentence. That’s the truth.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) February 27, 2019
DON’T MISS THIS massive credibility bombshell.
Cohen ADMITS to preparing & coordinating his congressional testimony with:
– The DNC
– Democratic Party leadership
– Chairman Cummings
– Chairman Adam Schiff
– “Various individuals” in the Democratic party
This is a DNC hit job pic.twitter.com/1xXDTIRUo4
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 27, 2019