At the end of the sometimes heated and raucous Cohen hearing before Congress today, it was the laser focused questioning by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that may well prove to the most productive. AOC was even successful in getting Cohen to name names:
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Did the president ever provide inflated assets to an insurance company?
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Who else knows the president did this?
COHEN: Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari.
Laying the ground work for possible future investigations for tax evasion and insurance fraud, AOC put Trump on notice: We are coming for you.
This was a good use of the time allotted. @RepAOC not only asked Cohen questions that revealed newsworthy information which merit further investigation, but ones pertinent to her district. If you missed it live, as I did, this is her questioning in full. pic.twitter.com/fUxgq4e5BN
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 27, 2019
She was crisp, succinct, and very focused on raising some previously undiscussed potential criminal liability issues for Trump that Cohen’s testimony suggested (e.g, insurance fraud), including several where the hot-button issue of Trump’s missing tax returns might be germane.
@AOC may have implicated Trump in a whole new case altogether in less than 5 minutes. No wonder Republicans are terrified of her.