Michael Cohen Former Lawyer for President Donald Trump Testifies Live on C-SPAN

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former Lawyer, Testifies Live on C-SPAN: Plea Deal Included

  • Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, testifies live on C-SPAN today.
  • The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee questions Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer about investigations as they relate to the Trump organization and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
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Michael Cohen, Trump’s former Lawyer, Testifies Live on C-SPAN

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hosts a hearing with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. As such, Cohen answers the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s questions about:

(a) Trump’s Russia (Moscow) tower project;

(b) Hush money payments made to women on behalf of Trump leading up to the 2016 presidential election; and

(c) Campaign finance violations.

The event aired live on C-SPAN. And the full hearing is available to the public here.

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What is C-SPAN?

Consider C-SPAN’s mission statement, worth quoting because it sheds light on the organization.

C-SPAN is a public service created by the American Cable Television Industry, the organization’s mission includes:

  • To provide C-SPAN’s audience access to the live gavel-to-gavel proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and to other forums where public policy is discussed, debated and decided––all without editing, commentary or analysis and with a balanced presentation of points of view.
  • To employ production values that accurately convey the business of government rather than distract from it.

Who is Michael Cohen?

Michael Cohen is President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer. According to the United States District Court Southern District of New York, Cohen:

“Was an attorney and employee of a Manhattan-based real estate company […] COHEN held the title of “Executive Vice President” and “Special Counsel” to the owner of the Company (” Individual 1″ ).”

Notably, Individual 1 is now known as Donald Trump. Importantly, Cohen doesn’t work for President Trump now. In fact, during the Committee hearing, Cohen mentions, “I lost my law license.” Meaning, Cohen is disbarred; his license to practice law is revoked. Worse than disbarment, Mr.Cohen is sentenced to three years in prison.

Michael Cohen’s Plea Deal

Michael Cohen is going to prison. According to an August 21, 2018 Department of Justice press release, Cohen signed a plea deal admitting to,”charges of tax evasion, making false statements to a federally-insured bank, and campaign finance violations.  The plea was entered followed the filing of an eight-count criminal information, which alleged that COHEN concealed more than $4 million in personal income from the IRS, made false statements to a federally-insured financial institution in connection with a $500,000 home equity loan, and, in 2016, caused $280,000 in payments to be made to silence two women who otherwise planned to speak publicly about their alleged affairs with a presidential candidate, thereby intending to influence the 2016 presidential election.” Worthy of note, Cohen also pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress.

Cohen’s False Statements to Congress Cause Concerns\

Per the plea deal (provided below), Michael Cohen, “Agrees to waive indictment and plead guilty to a Criminal Information [for] making false statement to the U.S Congress.” For this reason some Committee members question the integrity of Cohen’s testimony.

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Chairman’s Statements About Cohen Hearing

Elijah Cummings is the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As Chairman, Cummings’ expresses concerns early in the hearing about:

  • Documents and “other corroborating evidence” indicating President Trump reimbursed Cohen for hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels;
  • Mr. Cohen’s account of a meeting in 2016 whereby efforts to damage Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign were discussed; and
  • Some members’ — of the Republican Party — attempts to prevent the public from hearing Cohen’s testimony.

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Olivia P. Walker is a local government campaign advisor and public affairs analyst. Prior to these roles, Olivia served as governance consultant for the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). Before that, she worked as government affairs and public policy analyst for WellCare Health Plans, a Fortune 500 health insurer.

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Government Shutdown: Trump Didn’t Get $5 billion For Mexico Border Wall, Veterans, Women and Working Class Suffer

Trump refuses to sign legislation unless the bill includes $5billion for border wall.

A partial government shutdown began on December 22 because President Donald Trump didn’t get $5 billion for the Mexico border wall (from Congress). Meanwhile, millions of Americans suffer. Veterans, women and the working class are hurt most by Trump’s recent actions.

Government Shutdown Updates

A government shutdown occurs when an appropriations bill fails to become law. Appropriations fund the federal government’s operations and services.

Veterans, Women, and Working Class Suffer

Veterans, women and the working class suffer most from the government shutdown. See for yourself…


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The U.S. House of Representatives met for session on day six of the December 2018 government shutdown. The House convened at 4:00pm ET.

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Needless to say, this is an odd way to “Make America Great Again”.

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Congress Proposed an Amendment to the US Constitution

On August 3, Congress proposed an amendment to the United States Constitution.

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The twenty-sixth amendment to the United States Constitution grants US citizens, who are eighteen years of age or older, the right to vote. However, legislation extending the right to vote to citizens sixteen years of age or older is now up for consideration. Before I get into the specifics, it is useful to clarify a few key concepts and terms.

What Is Legislation?

  • As the Legislative Branch of government, Congress creates laws (legislation) and changes laws. This includes amending the United States Constitution.
  • Most legislative proposals are in the form of bills. For a bill to become a law, both Chambers (the House of Representatives and the Senate) must approve the legislation in the same form. Once both Chambers are in agreement, the bill goes to the president. The President can veto the bill or sign the bill into law.

What is A Joint Resolution?

  • Other legislative proposals are in the form of joint resolutions. Bills and joint resolutions are essentially the same. But, joint resolutions are used for proposing amendments to the Constitution (among other things).
  • Joint resolutions require approval from two-thirds of the House and Senate.
  • Additionally, three-fourths of the states must ratify a joint resolution to amend the Constitution.
  • Finally, while the president must sign a bill before it becomes law, joint resolutions used for proposing amendments to the Constitution do not need the president’s signature. 
Congress proposing amendment to the constitution allowing people ages 16 and over to vote

 Summary: H. J. RES. 138

Representative Grace Mang (D) sponsored a joint-resolution to extend the right to vote to 16 year-olds.  Here is a summary of the proposed legislation.

Section (1)

The twenty-sixth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Section (2)

The right of citizens of the United States, who are sixteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

Section (3)

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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Today In Government: Religious Freedom, Tax Reform and Trade

Trump administration officials make rules, regulations, and policies that impact most aspects of our lives. Today in government, religious freedom, tax reform, and trade are topics up for discussion and debate.

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What the government decides to do — or not to do— influences how much we pay for essential products and services, our access to health care, and the food we eat. Keeping up with the actions taken by government can help you make strategic decisions about your safety, your job or business, and your family.

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 Religious Freedom, Taxes and Trade

Today government officials will engage with highly consequential topics and make important decisions about religious freedom protections, tax reform and trade. All of which profoundly impact the lives of millions of Americans domestically and abroad. Here are the details.

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1. 9:00AM (EDT) – U.S. House of Representatives Meets for Legislative Business

John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

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2. 9:30AM (EDT) – U.S. Senate Debates 2019 Spending Bills

Provides FY2019 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and related agencies.

Summary – The Senate has resumed deliberations on H.R. 6147, a package of spending bills for FY2019. The bills relate to the following: The Interior and Environment; Financial Services; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; and Agriculture departments.

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3. 9:45AM (EDT) – U.S. Trade Representative on Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Summary – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, the Judiciary, and related agencies on the Trump Administration’s Trade Policy and the 2019 budget.

4. 10:00AM (EDT) – Federal Officials Testify on Government Reorganization Plan

Summary – General Services Administration Administrator, Emily Murphy and Office of Personnel Management Director, Jeff Pon testify at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management is hosting the hearing.

5. 10:00AM (EDT) – Vice President Mike Pence Addresses Religious Freedom Conference

Summary – Vice President Mike Pence is delivering remarks on Religious Freedom at a State Department conference.

6. 10:30AM (EDT) – Senate Panel Looks at Tax Administration Reforms

Summary – Stakeholders in tax policy testify at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on making improvements to the Tax Administration.

7. 3:40PM (EDT) – President Trump Delivers Remarks in Illinois on Tariffs Policy

Summary – President Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks at Granite City Works, a steel-production factory in Illinois.

8. 4:10PM (EDT) – Secretary of State Pompeo Holds News Conference on Religious Freedom

Summary – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will host a religious freedom forum and news conference with government officials and international organizations at the State Department.

Today’s events will impact all Americans.