(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen told the House Oversight Committee Wednesday that the son of a Holocaust survivor, he shouldn’t have worked for Trump, whom he accused of being racist.
When Rep. Mark Meadows grilled Cohen about his characterization of the president as racist and asked for proof, Cohen said there were no black executives at the Trump organization.
Meadows began by pointing out that Lynne Patton, who served as vice president of the Eric Trump Foundation, who was in attendance at the hearing, said she would never work for someone she felt was racist.
MEADOWS: Do you know Lynne Patton?
COHEN: Yes, I do.
MEADOWS: I asked Lynne to come today in her personal capacity to actually shed some light--- how long have you known Ms. Patton?
COHEN: I’m responsible for Lynn Patton joining the Trump organization in the job that she currently holds.
MEADOWS: I’m glad you acknowledged that, because 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. 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. How do you reconcile the two of those?
COHEN: As neither should I as the son of a Holocaust survivor.
Meadows also asked whether Cohen had tape recordings of Trump saying racist things. Cohen, who admitted to taping the president before, said no.
MEADOWS: But Mr. Cohen, I guess what I’m saying is, I’ve talked to the president over 300 times. I’ve not heard one time a racist comment out of his mouth in private. So how do you reconcile it? Do you have proof of those conversations?
COHEN: I would ask you to ask--
MEADOWS: Do you have tape recordings of those conversations?
COHEN: No sir.
MEADOWS: Well you’ve taped everybody else. Why wouldn’t you have a tape of –
COHEN: That’s also not true, sir. That’s not true.
MEADOWS: You haven’t taped anybody?
COHEN: I have taped individuals.
MEADOWS: How many times have you taped individuals?
COHEN: Maybe 100 times over 10 years?
MEADOWS: Is that a low estimate? Because I’ve heard it’s over 200 times.
COHEN: No, I don’t think. I think it’s approximately about 100 from what I recall, but—
MEADOWS: Do you have proof? Yes or no?
COHEN: I do.
MEADOWS: Where’s the proof?
COHEN: Ask Ms. Patton how many people who are black are executives at the Trump Organization, and the answer is zero.
MEADOWS: Mr. Cohen, we can go through this. I would ask unanimous consent that her entire statement be put in the record.
“Without objection,” Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said.