Trump Slams Cohen As a Liar; Blumenthal As 'Third-Rate Senator'; 'False Reporting' on Summit

By Susan Jones | February 27, 2019 | 6:03am EST
Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court, November 29, 2018 in New York City. (Screen capture)

( - Tweeting from the other side of the planet, President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed both his former personal attorney and a sitting U.S. senator who is one of his fiercest critics.

Trump also criticized "false reporting" about his summit in Vietnam with the North Korean dictator: "All false reporting (guessing) on my intentions with respect to North Korea. Kim Jong Un and I will try very hard to work something out on Denuclearization & then making North Korea an Economic Powerhouse. I believe that China, Russia, Japan & South Korea will be very helpful!"

Mixed in with his summit diplomacy are domestic concerns:

Hours before Michael Cohen goes public with his allegations against Trump, the president wrote: "Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!"

And in another tweet from Vietnam, Trump wrote: "I have now spent more time in Vietnam than Da Nang Dick Blumenthal, the third rate Senator from Connecticut (how is Connecticut doing?). His war stories of his heroism in Vietnam were a total fraud - he was never even there. We talked about it today with Vietnamese leaders!"

Cohen said on Monday, after testifying before a closed sessions of the Senate intelligence committee, that he will let the American people decide who is telling the truth.

"I really appreciate the opportunity that was given to me to clear the record and to tell the truth, and I look forward to tomorrow, to being able to, my voice, to tell the American people my story, and I'm going to let the American people decide exactly who is telling the truth," Cohen told reporters after meeting with the committee.

Cohen is testifying publicly today before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

In his prepared statement to the committee, Cohen says that Trump is a racist, a conman, and a cheat.

"He was a presidential candidate who knew that Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of Democratic National Committee emails," Cohen wrote.

Cohen also says, "Mr. Trump did not directly tell me to lie to Congress."

Republican Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana told CNN Tuesday night he thinks Wednesday's hearing will be "less truth and more theater."

"Why?" Higgins asked rhetorically. "Well, because Michael Cohen has proven to be untrustworthy. He produced false documents. He's made false statements. He's lied to you, sir. He's been proven guilty and again, I say I don't claim to know the man's heart. And I believe in redemption of all men. But he is about to find out what the inside of a jail cell looks like and yet tomorrow, he'll be in the House Oversight Committee speaking as if he had credibility. He has none.

"Perhaps there was a time in his life when he did. But he's lost that, you see? This is very easy for America to understand this. He's a failed and fallen man. I feel for him as a Christian principled man but tomorrow, I'll be questioning him."

Higgins said he's "receptive to new evidence that could be presented."

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