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Trump: Michael Cohen ‘Lied A Lot’…But Didn’t Lie About ‘No Collusion with Russian Hoax’

President Donald Trump was asked about Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony Thursday at a Hanoi press conference that followed a summit with Kim Jong Un that was cut short after no deal was agreed.

AP’s Jonathan Lemire asked of Mr. Trump, “while this was going on, the drama back in Washington, you former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who worked for you for 10 years, his office right next to yours, right by yours at Trump Tower — he called you a liar, a conman, a racist. What’s your response to Michael Cohen?”

Trump offered that he “tried to watch as much” as he could of the riveting seven-hour testimony of his former personal attorney, before dismissing the ordeal as a”fake hearing.” He then criticized Democratic congressional leaders for scheduling this hearing “in the middle of this very important summit” calling it a “really a terrible thing.”

Regarding Cohen, the former senior executive he employed for roughly a decade, Trump said “he lied a lot, but it was very interesting because he didn’t lie about one thing. He said no collusion with the Russian hoax.”

He continued:

And I said, ‘I wonder why he didn’t just lie about that, too, like he did about 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, and I was a little impressed by that, frankly. He could’ve — he could’ve gone all out. He only went about 95% instead of 100%. But the fact is there is no collusion, and I call it the witch hunt.

He finished with hitting the familiar note of undermining the investigation.

“This should never happen to another president. This is so bad for our country. So bad. You look at this whole hoax, this — I call it the Russian witch hunt and now add the word hoax. It’s a very, very bad thing for our country. But I was impressed with the fact that he — you know, because the most important question up there was the one on collusion, and he said he saw no collusion. So we’ll see what happens, but it was pretty shameful, I think.”

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