Meadows Opens Up About Rare Bipartisan Moment During Cohen Hearing

When Cohen calls Trump a racist a GOP lawmaker enlists a black character witness

Cummings thanked Meadows for his statements and said, "if there's anyone who is sensitive with regard to race, it's me, son of former sharecroppers that were basically slaves".

Several Democratic female lawmakers on the panel questioned Meadows bringing Patton to the hearing, but the situation grew intense when Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib claimed Meadows' tactic was racist.

Lynne Patton, a Trump administration official, said she was not a "prop" as she defended her appearance at a House hearing as the guest of a GOP congressman to refute Michael Cohen's claims that Trump was a racist. "Lynne Patton says she would not work for a man who is racist", he said of the employee, who was also a Trump surrogate.

Although she refused to name names, it was pretty clear that the "prop" Tlaib was referring to was Trump administration staffer Lynn Patton, who had attended the hearing at the behest of Meadows.

While introducing Patton, Meadows told Michael Cohen, Trump's disgraced former personal lawyer, that Patton, as a daughter of man who was born in Birmingham, Alabama, would never "work for an individual who was racist". "So if I wanted to say that I would have, but that's not what I said".

"Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean they aren't racist". He said his family members are people of color, and further said it was "racist" that Tlaib suggested Meadows brought Patton in for that reason.

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Meadows' defense for himself? He said that his nieces and nephews are people of color.

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When Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) addressed the committee, she spoke out against Meadows for using Patton calling her political 'prop'. She responded, "No, Mr. Chairman, I did not call Mr. Meadows a racist".

Tlaib reread her comment and said, "If a colleague is thinking that's what I'm saying - I'm just saying that's what I believe to have happened".

With Meadows getting visibly angry and beginning to shout, Cummings asked Tlaib to repeat for a second time that she was not calling Meadows a racist. Patton called White House correspondent April Ryan "Miss Piggy" on Twitter, for which she later apologized. Having them make this criticism - assuming it even occurred to them to do so - might have made Patton just as angry, but left without this particular riposte.

"I am sad that Michael has elected to leverage his own personal illegal activities into nothing more than political theater this week with the sole partisan goal to embarrass a sitting President with unfounded personal or professional gossip", Patton wrote. Afterward, Patton told PBS Newshour reporter, Yamiche Alcindor, that to her "today was not about the color of my skin".

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