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Donald Trump Jr. Mocked for Retweeting Tweet Saying Michael Cohen Has No Reason to Lie

Donald Trump Jr. steadfastly came to his father’s defense as the president’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen gave testimony to Congress Wednesday, but in one instance the president's son appears to have done more harm than good.

Trump Jr. tweeted regularly to his more than 3 million Twitter followers during Cohen’s explosive testimony but apparently did not read one tweet fully before hitting the retweet button.

“Incredible to see all the hubris drained from Cohen. I've been personally screamed at by Cohen on the phone before and know how much bravado he once had,” began a tweet from journalist Garrett M. Graff. So far so good, in keeping up the attacks on Cohen. But the final line of the tweet certainly did no favors in terms of defending the president.

“This is a man with nothing left, with no reason to lie or obfuscate at all. Humbling, in its way,” Graff concluded.

The Trump Jr. retweet was met with swift mockery on social media.

 

 

President Trump and the White House repeatedly tried to portray Cohen as a pathological liar ahead of his testimony, pointing out that he has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and will begin a three-year prison sentence in May.

“Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud,” Trump tweeted from Hanoi, Vietnam, where he is preparing for a second summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!”

The message was echoed, including comments from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

"Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statements," Sanders said in a statement sent to Newsweek on Tuesday. 

"Sadly, he will go before Congress this week, and we can expect more of the same," she continued. "It’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies.”

Cohen testified Wednesday that Trump reimbursed him for hush money payments to two women prior to the 2016 election, which have been deemed as campaign finance violations by federal prosecutors.

He also described Trump as a “racist” and alleged that he committed a number of financial misdeeds, including inflating his wealth to appear on rich lists and undervaluing his assets for tax purposes.

In his prepared remarks, Cohen said that he suspected Donald Trump Jr. had informed his father about an infamous meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer in June 2016, in part because the president had told him that Trump Jr. “has the worst judgment in the world.”

donald trump jr, michael cohen, twitter, testimony Donald Trump Jr. attends a runway show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Spring Studios on February 13. Manny Carabel/Getty Images

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