Even Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) doesn’t think that the testimony given by Michael Cohen to the House Oversight Committee is credible.
Cohen, who served as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, was brought back before Congress on Wednesday to testify about his work for the president. However, not everyone was supportive of the House Democrats’ decision to allow Cohen to testify.
In December, Cohen was sentenced to two months in prison after admitting he lied before Congress. He will also serve 36 months for campaign finance law violations.
Because he has been convicted of lying before Congress, many believe he doesn’t have the credibility to speak before the House again.
According to Chad Pergram of Fox News, even Democrat Sen. Feinstein isn’t spending too much time watching the testimony because she doesn’t see him as credible.
Feinstein told Pergram that she has the testimony on in her office but she didn’t watch it too closely, saying, “It’s on, but I’m doing other things. I think he has a credibility problem.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee on if she’s watching the Cohen hearing:
It’s on, but I’m doing other things. I think he has a credibility problem.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 27, 2019
Although Feinstein may be the most prominent Democrat to claim that Cohen isn’t credible, she is not alone with that opinion.
As IJR reported earlier, ranking member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) slammed House Democrats for inviting a convicted liar to testify before Congress.
Rep. Jim Jordan on Michael Cohen hearing: "This might be the first time someone convicted of lying to Congress has appeared again so quickly in front of Congress." https://t.co/55qPzPJjvk pic.twitter.com/xPKwceqT1Q
— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2019
“This might be the first time someone convicted of lying to Congress has appeared again so quickly in front of Congress. Certainly, it’s the first time a convicted perjurer has been brought back to be a star witness in a hearing and there’s a reason this is a first: because no other committee would do it.”
Beyond his convictions, some Republicans questioned Cohen’s credibility based on his outlook on Trump. Jordan alleged that Cohen decided to testify against Trump because he was disappointed that he was not given a job in the White House after Trump’s election.
Cohen’s testimony Wednesday was the only day of public testimony that he participated in, though he has been testifying behind closed doors throughout the week.