White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took aim at Congress on Tuesday for allowing the former attorney to President Donald Trump and “disgraced felon” Michael Cohen “another opportunity to spread his lies.”
Mere hours ahead of Cohen’s closed-door Tuesday testimony to the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee, Sanders released an official statement, saying it was “laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word” and “pathetic” that Congress would give him “another opportunity to spread his lies.”
“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 statement regarding Micheal Cohen’s testimony to Congress this week: pic.twitter.com/i1QfSPkO2p
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) February 26, 2019
Cohen, the former long-time lawyer to the president and often referred to as Trump’s “fixer,” was sentenced to three years behind bars in December 2018 for committing campaign finance crimes, tax fraud, and for lying to Congress in regards to the contentious 2016 presidential election.
At his sentencing, Cohen said he would take “full responsibility for each act that I plead guilty to: the personal ones to me and those involving the President of the United States of America.”
Tuesday marks the first of three days of in a marathon week of testimony from Cohen, who is scheduled to appear first at a closed-door session with the Senate Intelligence Committee. His sole public testimony will be to the Democrat-controlled House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, followed by another closed testimony to the House Intelligence Committee Thursday.
Cohen is expected to testify against the president in the hearings and allege criminal misconduct, according to a source acquainted with Cohen’s plans.
Cohen is set to begin his three-year prison sentence in May.