It does not take too much imagination to realize that the Michael Cohen show on Capitol Hill was timed just a little too perfectly to compete for headlines with President Donald Trump’s North Korea Summit in Vietnam. There was just something way too convenient about it think it a coincidence.
That doesn’t mean it wasn’t noticed, and it doesn’t mean that the real target of the hearings didn’t have something to say about the matter.
When asked about Cohen’s claims at the hearing that Trump was a liar, con man, and a racist, Trump responded by saying: “Well, it’s incorrect and it’s very interesting because I tried to watch as much as I could. I wasn’t able to watch too much because I’ve been a little bit busy.”
“But I think having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing,” Trump continued. “They could have made it two days later or next week and it would have been even better. They would have had more time.”
“But having it during this very important summit is sort of incredible, and he lied a lot,” Trump said. “But it was very interesting because he didn’t lie about one thing: he said no collusion with the Russian hoax. I said I wonder why he didn’t lie about that too like he did everything else. I mean he lied about so many different things, and I was actually impressed that he didn’t say, ‘Well, I think there was collusion for this reason or that.'”
“He didn’t say that. He said no collusion,” Trump added. “I was a little impressed by that, frankly. He could have gone all-out. He only went about 95% instead of 100%.”
While the summit itself did not bear any immediate results even if some progress was made, and a commercial deal between Vietnamese airlines and Boeing for the purchase of aircraft was signed, the Cohen hearings bore all sorts of short exchanges between lawmakers and the witness that are making the rounds on social media. Maddening is what many of them are since the whole hearing was a complete waste of time in the long run .