Cohen Won't Rule Out Profiting From His Crimes: 'I Would Not Do That, No'

By Susan Jones | February 28, 2019 | 4:30am EST
Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court, November 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

( - "I would not do that, no," Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney told Congress on Wednesday, when he was asked if he intended to profit from his crimes through book and movie deals.

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) led that particular line of questioning.

"So we've established that you lie on your taxes, you lied to banks, and you have been convicted of lying to Congress. It seems to me that there's not much that you won't lie about when you stand to gain from it," Foxx told Cohen.

"Is your appearance here today motivated by your desire to remain in the spotlight for your personal benefit?" she asked Cohen.

"No, ma'am," Cohen replied.

Foxx expressed concern that Cohen could be using the oversight hearing "for your personal benefit, such as a desire to make money from book deals. So, can you commit, under oath, that you have not and will not pursue a book or movie deal based on your experiences working for the president?" she asked Cohen.

"No," Cohen replied.

"You cannot commit to making money off of a book or movie deal based on your work?" Foxx asked him.

"No," Cohen said again. "There's two parts to your question. The first part of your question, you asked me whether or not I had spoken to people regarding a possible book deal. And I have. And I've spoken to people who have sought me out regarding a movie deal," Cohen said.

"No, I didn't ask you if you'd spoken to anybody," Foxx replied. "I said, can you commit under oath that you will not, that you have not and will not pursue a book deal?"

"And I would not do that, no," Cohen said.

"OK, can you commit under oath that you will not pursue opportunities to provide commentary for a major news network based on your experiences working for the president?" Foxx asked.

"No," came the answer from Cohen.

"Can you commit under oath that you will not pursue political office in the State of New York?" she asked.

"No," Cohen said again.

"So you don't commit to changing your ways, basically?" Foxx asked. "Because you want to continue to use your background as a liar, a cheater, a convicted liar, to make money? That's what you want to do?"

Cohen replied sarcastically: "And that's going to get me a book deal and a movie deal and a television -- and a spot on television? I don't think so."

"Well, it appears that it will," said Foxx, yielding the balance of her time.

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