'Liar, liar, pants on fire!': Republicans bring out posters to mock Michael Cohen during his congressional testimony

Joe Perticone/INSIDERA Republican sign during Michael Cohen’s hearing.

WASHINGTON – Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform brought out a series of posters on Wednesday during the hearing with Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, in an apparent attempt to discredit him.

During their questioning, Republicans displayed the posters on easels, as is common for members to display charts or evidence in certain cases. On the posters were quotes attempting to discredit Cohen and pictures of a Twitter account created at his request to praise his appearance and sex appeal. One sign simply called him a liar.

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One sign displayed before the hearing quoted the judge in the case that resulted in Cohen’s three-year prison sentence: “Mr. Cohen appears to have lost his moral compass.”

Cohen testimony signJoe Perticone/INSIDERA sign on the GOP side of the hearing room.

Another sign, brought out by staff members for Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, mocked Cohen with a graphic and the words “Liar, liar, pants on fire!”

Gosar used the quote during his questioning as well.

Republican sign during Michael Cohen hearingJoe Perticone/INSIDERAnother sign.

Later in the hearing, Republican staff members on the committee replaced the signs with three that included printouts of tweets from a Twitter account called @WomenForCohen.

Cohen paid a firm called RedFinch to set up the account, which had one goal: praise him for being handsome and sexy.

Posters from Republicans on the Oversight Committee during the Michael Cohen hearing.Joe Perticone/INSIDERPosters from Republicans on the oversight committee.

Members asked Cohen about the tweets and RedFinch.

“When you created the fake Twitter account @WomenforCohen and paid a firm to post tweets like this one: ‘In a world of lies, deception, and fraud, we appreciate this honest guy Michael Cohen. #TGIF #handsome #sexy’ – was that done to protect the president?” Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio asked.

Cohen pushed back, saying he paid RedFinch only to make the account and did not craft the tweets himself. He dismissed it as “having fun” during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I didn’t actually set that up. It was done by a young woman who worked for RedFinch,” he said. “During the course of the campaign – which, you would know, it’s somewhat crazy and wild – we were having fun.”

A poster from Republicans during the Michael Cohen hearing depicting tweets.Joe Perticone/INSIDERA poster with a @WomenForCohen tweet.

The posters are similar to a Republican National Committee campaign to discredit Cohen and downplay his testimony.

“I don’t trust anything Michael Cohen has to say,” the RNC chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, said in a Wednesday interview on Fox Business. “This is a total sideshow, and this is what it’s going to be the next two years: Democrats putting investigations forward, sideshows forward, because they can’t win on results.”

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