2016 Michael Cohen Interview Shows He ‘Certainly Hoped’ He’d Be Offered a White House Job
In an interview from 2016, as first reported by the Washington Examiner, Michael Cohen told CNN’s Chris Cuomo he “certainly” hoped he would be offered a job at the White House, and said he would “100 percent” go to Washington, D.C. if asked.
The hope that Cohen expressed during that interview directly contradicts what he told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday.
“I was extremely proud to be personal attorney to the president of the United States of America. I did not want to go to the White House.” Cohen told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Shortly after President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, Cohen’s answer was quite different.
“I haven’t been asked,” Cohen told Cuomo.
“You haven’t been asked,” a surprised Cuomo said.
“I hope,” Cohen added.
“That can’t be true. You would be the first person he would want by his side,” Cuomo said.
Asked if there was a chance he’d be asked to go, Cohen said “I certainly hope so.”
“Would you go?” Cuomo followed up.
“100 percent,” Cohen replied.
When the Oversight and Reform hearing took a break, a CNN panel fact checked Cohen’s response to Jordan.
“The one potential problem that I thought Michael Cohen has, is when he was asked if he wanted a job in the White House and he said no,” CNN’s Dana Bash said. “Our reporting, Pam I know you’ve been told, I’ve been told, all of us been told by people in and around the process real time, he very much wanted a job in the White House.”
“All of our reporting suggests that’s not true,” Tapper added.
Watch above, via CNN.
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