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Letters: Who is lying?

Who is lying?


Michael Cohen’s testimony last Tuesday was presented to us as though we were watching two opposite universes. First, there were Republican Representatives on the Judiciary Committee giving speeches and refusing to ask questions about the Cohen observations and conversations with the president and, secondly, the Democrats, also giving speeches and more importantly, asking questions relating to presidential misconduct.

We know that Cohen is a liar, he admitted it over and over and took blame in court (unlike others in the Trump circle who proclaim innocence in the face of credible evidence to the contrary). It’s the president who refuses to admit any wrongdoing, so why not question Cohen about the presidential claims of “No Russia, No collusion” and on and on?

Michael Stern, a former 25-year federal prosecutor is quoted in USA Today as saying, “Prosecutors have a saying: Conspiracies hatched in hell don’t have angels as witnesses.” He also wrote, “Upstanding citizens do not participate in crimes. They can’t be a witness to something they know nothing about. The best witnesses to a criminal conspiracy are people who have been involved in the conspiracy. Yes, they are criminals. But, more important, they are eyewitnesses. Michael Cohen was in the perfect position to personally observe the illegal activities of his co-conspirators, including his boss, Donald Trump.”

Every prosecutor must rely on undesirables as witnesses, so Republicans need to get over the Cohen attacks and focus on the real issues: is the president being truthful? Americans and the world need to know that answer.

Art Atonna



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