The White House is prepping America for the disaster that Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony is likely to be for Trump. The narrative, of course, is that Cohen is a no-good convicted liar and that no one should believe a word he says. For example:
“Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statements. Sadly, he will go before Congress this week and we can expect more of the same. It’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies.” — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
Trump himself has made similar smears against Cohen, and even tried to intimidate this witness by suggesting his family be targeted for investigation.
But it was not always this way. Trump once praised Michael Cohen as “a fine person with a wonderful family.” He dismissed a critic of Cohen as “a drunk/drugged up loser.” Consider this remarkable string of tweets from just ten months ago.
Alas, Cohen did do that. Of course, the above three tweets can themselves be viewed as efforts to influence this witness, just with the carrot of compliment rather than the stick of threats.
Today Trump touts the crimes Cohen was convicted of as a basis to impeach the witness against him. Just six months ago Trump argued that the crimes Cohen was convicted for were not really crimes.
So as many more smears against Cohen come out, remember how two-faced Trump has been about Michael Cohen.
There is another thing to keep in mind. If Cohen lies in this testimony there is enormous downside, up to five years or more could be added to his three year sentence. There is no upside at all to Cohen for lying.