President Donald Trump’s name is before Congress by means of testimony given by Michael Cohen, his former lawyer. Cohen provided the media with an advance text of his opening statement before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Television images show Trump and North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un at a summit meeting in Vietnam, where the two leaders are supposed to discuss removing nuclear weapons from North Korea. And we have a right to be concerned about Trump’s dealings at the summit, where he might be willing to make too many concessions in exchange for nothing in order to get the headlines of a breakthrough.
The split screen reveals one way Trump is trying to distract the public’s attention from the legal woes he faces at home. He can be seen at a formal dinner with Kim Jong Un, while his son Donald Trump Jr. goes on Fox to claim that the Democrats in Congress are seeking to derail Trump’s disarmament mission in Vietnam. The fact that the president tweeted about Michael Cohen from Vietnam means his testimony is very much on his mind. Cohen’s testimony, according to his opening statement, reveals that Trump knew about the hacking of the DNC, that Trump Jr. informed his father about the Trump Tower meeting, and that the president signed the checks to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels, while he was in office. Cohen revelas that Trump directed him to threaten the schools he attended in order to stop them from releasing his academic records. Trump has always claimed that he was first in his class at Wharton, but there is no evidence, and obviously he doesn’t want his grades to be revealed. Cohen’s testimony is the Trump lied and committed criminal acts while in office. There must be consequences.