A CNN panel said former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen (who has been convicted of lying to Congress) lied during his Congressional testimony today when he said he did not want to work at the White House.
In a fiery exchange between Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Cohen, the Congressman asked, “How long did you work in the White House?”
“I never worked in the White House,” Cohen responded.
“That’s the point, isn’t it, Mr. Cohen? … You wanted to work in the White House, but you didn’t get brought to the dance,” Jordan said, to which Cohen repeatedly denied the claim.
The disgraced former lawyer said, “I did not want to go to the White House. I was offered jobs. I can tell you a story of Mr. Trump reaming out Reince Priebus because I had not taken a job where Mr. Trump wanted me to, which was working with Don McGahn at the White House general counsel.”
The Washington Free Beacon pointed out that CNN Host Jake Tapper took issue with Cohen’s statement and said “I think the issue there is that one sentence: ‘I did not want to go to the White House.’ All of our reporting suggests that’s not true.”
CNN correspondent Dana Bash also said during the segment, “Our reporting, I know, Pam, you have been told and I have been told, all of us, by people in and around the process real time, he very much wanted a job in the White House.”
Bash also said she called Priebus immediately after Cohen mentioned the former Chief of Staff’s name during his testimony.
“I spoke to him, and his comment was no comment. He said I’m not getting involved in this and we, of course, witnessed this real time that this president probably more than any other, if he wants somebody in the White House, they’re there,” she said.
Bash continued, “You know, Reince Priebus and John Kelly probably didn’t want Omarosa to be working in the White House and other people, but they were there because the president wanted it to be so. So if Michael Cohen and the president really wanted it to happen, more importantly the president, it would have happened and he wanted it.”
Both of President Trump’s sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. spoke out about Cohen’s comments.
Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter, “I bet there dozens of people that would swear under oath that this is a lie. Including me. Michael Cohen Claims He Did Not Want White House Job.”
I bet there dozens of people that would swear under oath that this is a lie. Including me.
Michael Cohen Claims He Did Not Want White House Job. https://t.co/CtBfRpVkz5
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 27, 2019
Eric Trump wrote, “Michael was lobbying EVERYONE to be ‘Chief of Staff.’ It was the biggest joke in the campaign and around the office. Did he just perjure himself again?”
Michael was lobbying EVERYONE to be “Chief of Staff.” It was the biggest joke in the campaign and around the office. Did he just perjure himself again?
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) February 27, 2019