Even as Michael Cohen was incriminating Donald Trump and several other members of Team Trump today, the Republicans on the House Oversight Committee kept falling back on the same refrain: Cohen has lied under oath before, so he must be lying now. One might think Donald Trump Jr would want to seize upon this narrative, but he apparently didn’t get the memo.
During Michael Cohen’s testimony today, Donald Trump Jr kept posting one increasingly bizarre tweet after another. Junior seemed intent on humiliating Cohen over the fact that Cohen is now a broken and disgraced man who is about to start a multi-year prison sentence. But Junior was so eager to pull this off, he screwed up in the process.
At one point Donald Trump Jr retweeted these words from political analyst Garrett Graff: “Incredible to see all the hubris drained from Cohen. I’ve been personally screamed at by Cohen on the phone before and know how much bravado he once had. This is a man with nothing left, with no reason to lie or obfuscate at all. Humbling, in its way.” Wait, what?
With this retweet, Donald Trump Jr just flat out admitted that Michael Cohen has no remaining reason to lie and is therefore telling the truth. Even we didn’t think Junior could possibly be this stupid, yet here it is. We never thought the most prominent voice defending Cohen’s honesty today would end up being one of the people who would have everything to gain by accusing Cohen of lying.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report