published : 2023-11-16
If lying was an art, Michael Cohen would be a Rembrandt. Why does he keep getting a pass?
Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer turned enemy has been accused once again of lying under oath
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Throughout his career, Michael Cohen has found powerful clients who valued his reputation for supporting any side that offered the biggest payback. However, he is now accused of yet another lie under oath, raising the question of whether his current benefactors will protect him from a criminal charge.
For years, Cohen served as Donald Trump's heavy, threatening anyone who posed a threat to the former president. But faced with disbarment and criminal charges, he became an equally vicious critic of Trump, finding new allies among Democrats who valued his moral flexibility.
The most remarkable aspect of Cohen's checkered career is the consistent pattern of lies he has told. Now, he faces accusations of lying about his prior lies, adding another layer to his web of deception.
Even after being stripped of his bar license and sentenced to three years in prison, Cohen continues to perpetuate his pattern of deceit. From failing to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, citing medical issues, while seen partying with friends, to lying to a court while on early release, Cohen's lies know no bounds.
Despite his dubious past, Cohen has found allies among media outlets and Democratic figures who find him useful. One such ally, Attorney General Letitia James, called him as a star witness in the New York fraud case, disregarding his history of lying.
During his testimony, Cohen admitted to lying under oath about Trump's property valuations, a significant revelation that would cause most witnesses to tremble. But not Cohen. He nonchalantly shrugs it off and admits to previously lying under oath in 2019 before Congress.
This seems like an open-and-shut case for prosecutors. A serial liar has confessed to lying under oath, with a five-year statute of limitations for lying to Congress. It remains to be seen if Attorney General Merrick Garland will follow through and hold Cohen accountable.
The problem lies not only with Cohen but also with the political and legal system that enables him. Despite his track record, Cohen continues to be called to testify and swear to the truth without consequence. This system allows Cohen to thrive as a serial liar, frustrating those who seek justice.
In the end, Cohen's ability to deceive without breaking into laughter reflects the true artistry of his lies.