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Trump Blames Cohen Hearing for Collapse of Kim Summit

He calls it 'perhaps a new low in American politics'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2019 4:49 AM CST
Updated Mar 4, 2019 6:08 AM CST
In this Feb. 27, 2019 photo, Michael Cohen is sworn in to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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(Newser) – President Trump slammed what he called "perhaps a new low in American politics" on Sunday: The congressional testimony of his former lawyer while he was in Vietnam for a summit with Kim Jong Un. Trump suggested Michael Cohen's testimony may have contributed to the collapse of the summit, which he earlier blamed on North Korean demands to completely lift sanctions, reports Reuters. "For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the 'walk,'" Trump tweeted.

"Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!" added Trump, who denounced "presidential harassment by 'crazed' Democrats" in an earlier tweet. The House Oversight Committee hearing, in which Cohen delivered explosive testimony against his former boss, was scheduled after Trump announced the date for the Vietnam summit, the Washington Post reports. It was rescheduled from Feb. 7 after Cohen said he had received threats. Trump allies including Sen. Lindsey Graham also criticized the timing. The Republican accused Democrats of undermining the summit through "hatred of Trump." (Trump said he didn't watch much of Cohen's testimony, but one thing impressed him.)

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