“Liar, liar, pants on fire!”
It was Representative Paul Gosar, Republican of Arizona, who burst forth with this playground taunt of Michael Cohen, the longtime fixer and personal lawyer for President Trump who appeared Wednesday before the House Oversight and Reform Committee to talk about his former boss.
But Mr. Gosar’s observation was more than an isolated zinger; it was an encapsulation of his party’s overarching approach to Mr. Cohen’s testimony. It also provides a pretty good sense of how few minds the hearing is likely to change in this era of bitter polarization — and how tough it can be to bring any clarity to the swirl of controversies engulfing this president.
As that spectacle was opening in Washington, 12 time zones away, in Hanoi, the president was wrapping up a friendly dinner with Kim Jong-un, the tyrannical leader of North Korea. Mr. Trump hopes that the pageantry of peacemaking in Asia will overshadow the damaging testimony of the former confidant he has written off as a lying “rat.”
We await the results of Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Kim’s negotiations. We hope that they are more edifying than the House hearings.
Oh, and India and Pakistan — both possessed of nuclear weapons — were engaged in escalating hostilities, including the downing of two Indian warplanes on Wednesday.
This is the world we live in.
On Capitol Hill, committee Republicans did not waste their time disputing Mr. Cohen’s characterization of Mr. Trump as “a racist,” “a con man” and “a cheat.” At one point, Representative Mark Meadows asked Lynne Patton, an African-American woman who worked for the Trump family as a party planner and now serves in the administration, to stand behind him, citing her as proof that the president cannot possibly be racist. That’s about as substantive as the pushback got.
Instead, Republicans stuck to discrediting and vivisecting the witness. Member after member detailed Mr. Cohen’s financial fraud, his tax evasion, his professional disloyalty and, of course, his previous lies to Congress. The committee’s ranking Republican, Jim Jordan — in high-dudgeon and dangerously over-caffeinated — seemed particularly troubled by the origins and authenticity of a Twitter account, Women for Cohen, that pushed out ridiculous flattery about Mr. Cohen’s manliness: #sexy! #handsome!
Message: Mr. Cohen is a liar, a “swindler,” a narcissist and a felon whom only a fool would listen to. Multiple Republicans, in fact, went on at length about what a disgrace it was that Democrats had provided a platform for such a scoundrel.
While quibbling with details here and there, Mr. Cohen did not disagree with the Republicans’ critique. Early and often, he acknowledged he had done some bad things for which he soon would be spending time in prison. He did, however, at one point feel moved to observe to Mr. Jordan:
“I just find it interesting, sir, that between yourself and your colleagues, that not one question so far … has been asked about President Trump. That’s actually why I thought I was coming today.”
Aware of his credibility problems, Mr. Cohen showed up with hard proof of Trumpian misdeeds: a personal check from the president, allegedly used to reimburse Mr. Cohen for his payment to Stormy Daniels; evidence that Mr. Trump arranged to have a portrait of himself purchased at a charity auction by a straw buyer, who was then repaid through Mr. Trump’s charitable foundation; and letters that Mr. Trump had instructed Mr. Cohen to write, warning the president’s high school, colleges and the College Board not to release his grades or test scores without his permission.
Mr. Cohen noted that threatening people on Mr. Trump’s behalf was an integral part of his job, estimating that, over a decade, he was called upon to do so around 500 times.
The whole dreary spectacle produced only a few fresh tidbits — such as Mr. Cohen’s claim that Mr. Trump, a year into his term, explicitly directed him to lie about the president’s involvement in the hush-money scheme — none of which seem likely to alter the competing narratives being pushed by the president’s critics and allies. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democrat’s star freshman, laid the groundwork for demanding the president’s tax returns and issuing future subpoenas to more Trump lackeys. Mr. Cohen suggested that federal prosecutors in New York are investigating as-yet-unrevealed Trumpian crimes. He also ominously fretted: “I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power.”
Mr. Cohen said that working for Mr. Trump was “intoxicating.” But something has changed. Mr. Cohen’s performance is likely the first of many such soul-barings to play out in hearing rooms and courtrooms over coming months.
“I regret the day I said ‘yes’ to Mr. Trump,” he said. “I regret all the help and support I gave him along the way.”
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【许】【研】【武】【选】【择】【了】【让】【自】【己】【身】【体】【上】【下】【的】【每】【一】【处】【可】【以】【用】【来】【攻】【击】【的】【地】【方】，【都】【变】【成】【无】【坚】【不】【摧】【的】【兵】【器】。 【然】【后】……【将】【这】【些】【攻】【击】，【都】【宣】【泄】【在】【崩】【坏】【兽】【的】【身】【上】。 【而】【符】【华】……【她】【当】【初】【会】【学】【习】【使】【用】【寸】【劲】……【也】【是】【有】【着】【与】【崩】【坏】【兽】【战】【斗】【的】【心】【思】。 【经】【过】【了】【那】【么】【多】【年】【习】【惯】【与】【崩】【坏】【兽】【战】【斗】【之】【后】……【现】【在】【两】【个】【人】【与】【人】【类】【战】【斗】【的】【话】……【还】【是】【要】【弱】【上】【一】【些】【的】
【羿】【淫】【游】【以】【佚】【畋】【兮】147，【又】【好】【射】【夫】【封】【狐】148。 【固】【乱】【流】【其】【鲜】【终】【兮】149，【浞】【又】【贪】【夫】【厥】【家】150。 【浇】【身】【被】【服】【强】【圉】【兮】151，【纵】【欲】【而】【不】【忍】152。 【日】【康】【娱】【而】【自】【忘】【兮】153，【厥】【首】【用】【夫】【颠】【陨】154。 【夏】【桀】【之】【常】【违】155，【乃】【遂】【焉】【而】【逢】【殃】156。 【后】【辛】【之】【菹】【醢】【兮】157，【殷】【宗】【用】【而】【不】【长】158。 【汤】【禹】【俨】
【血】【界】【再】【次】【开】【启】【的】【日】【子】【到】【了】，【郁】【青】【瑶】【与】【新】【找】【到】【龙】【人】【部】【落】【告】【别】。 【龙】【人】【部】【落】【大】【礼】【参】【拜】，【然】【后】【举】【行】【庆】【典】【仪】【式】【送】【善】【神】【回】【归】【天】【宫】。 【在】【原】【始】【的】【鼓】【声】【中】，【郁】【青】【瑶】【感】【应】【到】【血】【界】【开】【启】【了】。 【在】【传】【送】【阵】【的】【接】【引】【下】，【郁】【青】【瑶】【身】【形】【从】【血】【界】【消】【失】，【出】【现】【在】【云】【台】【山】【无】【恨】【台】【上】。 【此】【时】，【流】【云】【宗】【的】【穆】【宗】【主】【和】【浮】【山】【宗】【的】【纪】【宗】【主】，【还】【有】【血】【战】【团】【十】【六】【位】
【这】【是】【何】【等】【震】【撼】【的】【一】【幕】！ 【对】【于】【千】【星】【文】【明】【来】【说】，【真】【的】【是】【震】【撼】【到】【了】【极】【点】。 【无】【论】【是】【在】【高】【台】【之】【下】【众】【多】【精】【英】【以】【及】【文】【明】【的】【高】【层】【领】【导】，【还】【是】【在】【实】【验】【台】【上】【亲】【自】【操】【纵】【实】【验】，【并】【进】【行】【观】【测】【的】【科】【学】【家】，【目】【光】【全】【都】【变】【得】【呆】【滞】【了】。 【爱】【贝】【薇】【尔】【整】【个】【人】【都】【懵】【了】，【她】【从】【未】【想】【过】【自】【己】【居】【然】【会】【看】【到】【这】【样】【的】【场】【景】。 【怎】【么】【会】【有】【这】【样】【大】【的】【巨】【人】！？ 【并】马会第103期开奖结果“【可】【笑】！” 【见】【上】【官】【天】【玉】【敢】【对】【自】【己】【贸】【然】【出】【手】，**【阳】【讥】【讽】【一】【声】，【很】【是】【随】【意】【的】【对】【着】【上】【官】【天】【玉】【一】【掌】【拍】【出】。 【别】【看】**【阳】【这】【一】【掌】【看】【似】【随】【意】，【可】【是】【一】【道】【丈】【余】【大】【小】【的】【血】【色】【掌】【印】【却】【是】【骤】【然】【形】【成】，【对】【着】【上】【官】【天】【玉】【袭】【杀】【而】【去】。 【这】【道】【血】【掌】【印】，【带】【着】【一】【股】【浓】【郁】【的】【血】【腥】【之】【气】【的】【同】【时】，【更】【是】【带】【有】【一】【股】【恐】【怖】【的】【威】【势】。【凡】【是】【观】【战】【之】【人】【毫】【不】【怀】【疑】，
【剩】【下】【的】【话】，【茗】【夏】【没】【再】【说】，【毕】【竟】【谈】【论】【的】【是】【齐】【胤】【年】【的】【家】【人】。 【齐】【胤】【年】【摸】【摸】【她】【的】【后】【脑】【勺】，“【可】【能】【是】【你】【太】【紧】【张】【了】【吧】，【我】【看】【你】【们】【相】【处】【的】【挺】【和】【谐】。” 【茗】【夏】【没】【在】【说】【话】。 “【对】【了】，【你】【跟】【我】【妈】【在】【房】【里】【干】【嘛】【了】？” “【她】【送】【了】【我】【一】【个】【礼】【物】。”【茗】【夏】【将】【自】【己】【放】【在】【床】【头】【柜】【里】【的】【盒】【子】【拿】【出】【来】。 【打】【开】，【里】【面】【装】【着】【一】【只】【白】【色】【玉】【手】【镯】。
【历】【时】【半】【年】，【写】【完】【这】【本】【书】。 【这】【是】【我】【头】【一】【回】【写】【这】【么】【长】【的】【东】【西】。【虽】【然】【仅】【仅】36【万】【字】，【相】【比】【别】【人】【而】【言】【很】【短】，【但】【怎】【么】【说】【也】【是】【迈】【出】【来】【的】【第】【一】【步】【嘛】。 【我】【写】【的】【不】【好】，【各】【方】【面】【都】【有】【些】【问】【题】，【感】【谢】【您】【能】【读】【到】【这】【里】。 【最】【后】【的】【大】【结】【局】【我】【感】【觉】【还】【行】，【嗯】，“【挖】【坑】【型】”【大】【结】【局】，【不】【知】【道】【你】【们】【喜】【不】【喜】【欢】。 【完】【本】【了】，【我】【想】【感】【谢】【一】【些】【人】。
【再】【接】【下】【来】，【林】【凡】【直】【接】【关】【了】【电】【视】——【算】【了】，【不】【看】【啦】，【看】【目】【前】【的】【情】【况】，【猴】【子】【不】【撤】，【谁】【也】【没】【辙】。 【警】【察】【来】【了】【也】【没】【辙】【的】。【你】【越】【驱】【赶】，【猴】【子】【越】【多】，【反】【正】***【也】【不】【是】【挨】【过】【一】【次】【两】【次】【了】。 【要】【不】【然】【孙】【小】【岳】【怎】【么】【说】【的】【那】【么】【轻】【松】【加】【愉】【快】【的】【呢】！ …… 【董】【家】【别】【墅】。 【私】【人】【医】【生】【正】【在】【给】【董】【大】【少】【擦】【消】【肿】【水】，【而】【边】【儿】【上】【坐】【着】【的】，【就】【是】【董】