Trump Responds to Cohen: 'He Lied A Lot,' But Not About Collusion; 'There Is No Collusion'

By Susan Jones | February 28, 2019 | 6:25am EST
President Donald Trump holds a post-summit news conference in Vietnam. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - As his former personal attorney called President Trump a "liar," a "conman" and a "cheat" in Washington, President Trump was on the other side of the world meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in a summit that ended Thursday without agreement.

At a post-summit news conference, Trump was asked for his response to Michael Cohen:


Trump said Cohen's portrayal of his character was "incorrect."

And you know, it's very interesting because I tried to watch as much as I could. I wasn't able to watch too much because I've been a little bit busy.

But I think having a fake hearing like that, and having it in the middle of this very important summit, is really a terrible thing. They could have made it two days later, or next week. And it would have been even better, they would have had more time. But having it during this very important summit is sort of incredible.

And he lied a lot, but it was very interesting, because he didn't lie about one thing. He said no collusion with the Russian hoax. And I said, I wonder why he didn't just lie about that, too, like he did about everything else. I mean, he lied about so many different things. And I was actually impressed that he didn't say, well, I think there was collusion for this reason or that. He didn't say that. He said, no collusion. And I was, you know, a little impressed by that, frankly.

He could have gone all-out. He only went about 95 percent instead of 100 percent. But the fact is, there is no collusion. And I call it the witch hunt. This should never happen to another president. This is so bad for our country. So bad. You look at this whole hoax, I call it the Russian witch hunt, and now add the word hoax. It's a very, very bad thing for our country.

But I was impressed with the fact, that he -- the most important question up there was the one on collusion. And he said he saw no collusion. So, we'll see what happens. But it was pretty shameful, I think.

In his written statement to the House Oversight Committee, Cohen said: "Questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia. I do not. And I want to be clear, but I have my suspicions."

Later, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) asked Cohen, "Knowing how Mr. Trump operates with his winning at all costs mentality, do you believe that he would cooperate or collude with a foreign power to win the presidency? Is he capable of that?"

Cohen responded, "It calls on so much speculation, ma'am. It would be unfair for me to give an answer to that."


Wasserman Schultz interrupted, "I understand but you have a tremendous amount of experience."

"Mr. Trump is all about winning. He will do what is necessary--" Cohen started to say.

"And in your opinion and experience, would he have the potential to cooperate or collude with a foreign power to win the presidency at all costs?" Wasserman Schultz asked him.

"Yes," Cohen said.

"Based on what you know, would Mr. Trump -- or did he -- lie about colluding and coordinating with the Russians at any point during the campaign?" the congresswoman asked.

"So as I stated in my testimony, I wouldn't use the word colluding. Was there something odd about the back and forth praise with President Putin? Yes. But I'm not really sure that I can answer that question in terms of collusion. I was not part of the campaign. I don't know the other conversations that Mr. Trump had with other individuals. There's just so many dots that all seem to lead to the same direction."

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