According to this narrative, Cohen was no liar – to protect Trump, but the scales fell from his eyes and now he is on the side of facts and truth. In his opening statement to the House Monitoring Committee, Cohen nodded that thought as a changed person. "I want to apologize to every US Congress in general," he said. The last time I came to Congress, I came to protect Trump. Today I am here to tell the truth about Trump. "
Although Jordan and Meadows' request claims that Cohen has not said the truth on several fronts, the most serious Cohen charge is that his claim that he never wanted to work in the White House seems wrong.
Jordan, when questioning Cohen, tried to get this case – claiming that Cohen's decision to plead guilty and turn on Trump was due to "you want to work in the White House. Dance."
What Cohen said:
"Sir, I was very proud of a personal lawyer for the President of the United States. I didn't want to go to the White House. I was offered jobs. Priebus because I hadn't done the job where Trump, who worked with Don McGahn at the White House, wanted to.
Several other times during his testimony, Cohen repeated this initial assertion that he was given the only work he had ever wanted: to serve as Trump's personal lawyer.
(Cohen also suggested that if he went to work in the White House, Trump would lose his lawyer privilege with him – possibly by subjecting the president to legal consequences.)
These memories of the big case scheme are not so important. Of course, Eric Trump or Bossie can say that Cohen wanted to be a chief of staff, but for Cohen to be proven to be a liar on this front, there must be actual documentation that he lobbied for the White House.
On Wednesday, he asked to explain these SDNY submissions after he had shown that he did not want the White House, Cohen said, "I'm not saying it's a lie, I'm just saying it's not accurate."
But the five words "including seized text messagesRemember that federal investigators seized documentary scenes when they invaded Cohen's house, hotel and office in April 2018. If the federals have texts from Cohen that clearly show that he wanted to work in the White House, he has big problems.
If this scenario happens, Cohen's allies – if these people really exist – will do that, even if he hasn't completely told the truth about his desire to work in the White House, it doesn't mean all the other truths he said on Wednesday.
It might be true that someone is not convicted liar. But Cohen is a convicted liar. And if the moment of his arrival was not actually the moment of coming, how can one know what parts of his testimony were all truth and what parts were protected or fictional to make him better?
Cohen was a trust problem to get to Wednesday's meeting. If it can be proved that he was lying in this hearing, his credibility is devastated forever.