Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, starts testifying this morning in front of Congress. Thanks to the New York Times, we know what Cohen will say about Trump in his opening remarks:
Cohen will say:
“I am ashamed of my own failings, and I publicly accepted responsibility for
them by pleading guilty in the Southern District of New York. I am ashamed of my weakness and misplaced loyalty – of the things I did for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him.
I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to
my own conscience. I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is.
He is a racist.
He is a conman.
He is a cheat.”
Trump will be in Hanoi on his Vietnam trip, watching this live on TV. The ironies are huge. Trump got out of serving in the Vietnam War because he was rich and his daddy, Fred Trump, arranged for him to have bone spurs. Now Trump is finally in Vietnam, and his whole criminal enterprise is going to be exposed to the world.
Entertainment news will suffer. But isn’t this entertainment news? As my dear late friend Liz Smith said to me three summers ago, “Show business is politics now, honey.” She was so right.