During his appearance before the Cohen Policy Committee, as one of Capitol Hill's most-anticipated events in a generation, there were many other stories (and actors) who came out of both hearings. good and bad.
I looked at the six-hour and one-hour hours of the trial, then read the transcript, and now I'm ready to announce the best and worst performances of Congress members at Cohen's Wednesday hearing.
*Elijah Cummings: The Chairman of the Supervisory Committee has done a very high job – he has fairly supervised the hearing, which by its very nature was deeply partisan. And do it with committee membership, which includes the loudest and highest-profile voices of conservative law and the liberal left. The Maryland Democrat has performed this balance wonderfully, because things have generally remained.
* Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: It is very rare for a House to listen to the committee so that people pay close attention to the least senior members of the body. In general, all questions have been asked and all revelations have already been made to the 20th Democrat (or Republican) questions.
* Jim Jordan: Ohio Republicans worked for many minutes to undermine Cohen's testimony on Wednesday, partly because a large number of GOP members translated the extra questionnaire to the ranking member. Which, frankly, was one of Jordan's strengths. You are not working to get a positive evaluation of the blue check boxes on Twitter. Conservatives, the Fox News crowd and the most important Donald Trump president, who is fighting for his values. Jordan's astonishing contempt for Cohen, killed by his target audience.
* Justin Amash: Michigan Republicans did something on Wednesday that almost no GOP colleague was willing to try: Ask Cohen questions about his relationship with Trump, which in fact relate not only to their relations but to the President of the United States. Amash received Cohen to explain his statement that Trump had never asked his staff to lie directly, but the President spoke of a "code" that made his intention clear. And Amash asked Cohen that one of my favorite questions about full hearing (which Cohen didn't answer) was "What is the truth about [Trump] afraid of the best?
* Clay Higgins: The Louisiana Congress thought it was a MAJOR breakthrough when Cohen talked about making a copy of a $ 35,000 check from Trump while he was throwing documents and records. "Are not the boxes that should have been translated to investigative authorities during criminal proceedings?" Higgins asked Cohen in his best "True Detective" voice. Cohen made it clear that the boxes had been seized by the federal authorities when they detonated their house in April 2017 and later returned. Higgins seemed to be objectionable from this fact and said, "If it contained data that would relate to the crimes committed, if they had not been translated and would not have been handed over to the investigative authority?"
* Paul Gosar / Bob Gibbs: Gosar, Arizona and Gibbs, Ohio, seemed to be shamelessly prepared for the interrogation that the moment or both had flooded. Gosar's questioning was based on the idea that Cohen's legal basis and the activation of Trump were Twitter's @womenforcohen manager. He never fully explained that it was an interesting theory. Before Gibbs delivered his time to Jordan, he released this dynamite sentence: "And so, rightly, you know, the President is working tirelessly and coming and doing these statements." So, because Trump is working hard according to Gibbs's assessment, no one – including Cohen – can criticize him and not detail the possible crimes he was involved with? You got it! Thank you, Gibbs Congress!