Trump-Pence campaign responds to Cohen testimony against Trump—but does not deny Cohen's allegations
The Donald Trump campaign has offered its first official response to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s allegations of criminal acts by Trump. It notably does not deny those allegations, instead retreating to the same arguments used by House Republicans: You can’t trust Michael Cohen when he accuses Donald Trump of committing crimes, because Michael Cohen is going to jail for lying during previous appearances in which he said Donald Trump did not commit crimes.
As noted by the Southern District of New York, Cohen’s wide array of crimes were ‘marked by a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life’ and his ‘instinct to blame others is strong.’
Prosecutors said his actions were to ensure that he would ‘profit personally, build his own power, and enhance his level of influence.’ This is the same Michael Cohen who has admitted that he lied to Congress previously. Why did they even bother to swear him in this time?
That is not a denial, nor does it address any of the documents produced by Cohen to back up his charges. In a remarkably bold move, the campaign even appears to be quoting from the very same prosecution documents that identified Trump as the unindicted “INDIVIDUAL 1” who conspired with Cohen to violate federal campaign laws.