At the conclusion of today’s House Oversight Committee hearing, Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) delivered an emotional closing statement.
“You know I’ve sat here and I’ve listened to all this, and it’s very painful. It’s very painful… You made a lot of mistakes and you admitted that. You know one of the saddest parts of this whole thing is innocent people are hurting too and you acknowledged that and that is your family…
When I practiced law I
For some reason Mr. Cohen I tell my children, I say when bad things happen to you, do not ask the question why did it happen for me. Ask the question why did it happen for me? I don’t know why this is happening for you. But it is my hope that a small part of it is for our country to be better. If I hear you correctly it sounds like you’re crying out for a new normal, for us getting back to normal. It sounds to me like you want to make sure that our democracy stays intact. The one meeting I had with President Trump I said to him the greatest gift that you and I, Mr. President, can give to our children is making sure that we give them a democracy that is
I know it’s painful going to prison. I know it’s got to be painful of being called a rat… When you call somebody a rat that’s one of the worst things you can call them, a rat, because when they go to prison that means a snitch. I’m just saying. The president called you a rat… we’re better than that…
I don’t know whether they believe you. The fact is you come and you have your head down. Let me tell you the picture that really pained me
When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked, in 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?”
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