President’s former lawyer testified Trump told him to say Trump had no knowledge of payments Cohen made to Daniels
Cohen’s testimony was briefly interrupted when Republican Mark Meadows reacted with outrage over Representative Rashida Tlaib saying that bringing in a black woman as a prop to disprove racism struck her as racist. “My nieces and nephews are people of color,” he exclaimed.
After the hearing, several pointed out that whatever he believes his views on race to be, Meadows was a staunch proponent of the racist conspiracy theories surrounding Obama’s birthplace.
Here’s Mark Meadows, who just sidetracked the entire House Oversight Committee to assure him he’s not racist, saying that “2012 is the time we are going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is” pic.twitter.com/90L1xnWf6v
Cohen’s testimony could lead to the release of Trump’s tax returns.
Trump’s reasoning for not releasing his tax filings during the 2016 campaign was that he is being audited, but Cohen said he presumes that Trump is not. He said that Trump did not want to release his tax returns because he “didn’t want an entire group of think tanks, who are tax experts, to run through his returns.”
In her 5 minutes of questioning, @AOC seemed to lay the groundwork for the House Oversight Committee subpoenaing Trump’s tax returns.