Lynne Patton Shreds Rep. Tlaib For Calling Her ‘A Prop’ For Trump

Rep. Mark Meadows R-N.C. speaks to Michael Cohen during a House Oversight Committee hearing as Lynne Patton stands behind him

Meadows (pictured above right) vehemently protested the charges of racism against the president and pointed to Patton as an example of African-Americans who are thriving in Trump's administration and businesses. But I am not calling the gentleman, Mr. Meadows a racist.so I'm saying that in itself it is a racist act.

Meadows seemed to have anticipated the racism claims against the president and came prepared with own secret weapon: Lynne Patton, an African-American political appointee at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Shaking off criticism from House Republicans, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer declared under oath Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time and embraced the news when told that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

During his testimony, Cohen said Trump has courted the favor of white supremacists and bigots and that, during one drive-through of a poor neighborhood in Chicago, Trump "commented that only black people could live that way".

"I am trying as a person of color just to express myself and how I felt at that moment", she said.

It says Cohen pleaded guilty to charges that included making false statements to banks, and that legal documents filed by federal prosecutors in NY said that Cohen "privately told friends and colleagues that he expected to be given a prominent role and title in the new administration" after Trump's election. ". And to indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Trump family ... that she's coming in to be a prop; it's racist to suggest that I asked her to come in here for that reason".

Trump distances himself from his former attorney ahead of Congress hearing
He also said that Trump provided false information to insurance companies and devalued assets for purposes of his tax liability. Cohen briefly spoke to reporters after the hearing, saying he is "humbled". "He wanted me to lie", the witness added.

Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) sent a six-page letter to newly sworn-in Attorney General William Barr on Thursday, citing several instances where they say Cohen had been less than truthful during his seven-hour testimony. Gaetz later apologized and said he was deleting the tweet. So, how do you reconcile it?

Meadows, who has nieces and nephews of color, slammed Tlaib's characterization and asked the committee to remove her words from the record.

Patton also defended herself and the president against Tlaib's accusations, first on her Instagram. Cummings, who is black, called Meadows one of his "best friends" and said that he could see the pain Tlaib's comments caused. "I mean, I don't know why you would want to do that".

"Two years ago when this investigation started I said it may be the most important thing I am involved in in my public life in the Senate, and nothing I've heard today dissuades me from that view", Warner said. "He doesn't care what people think and he will tell it like it is".

Cohen himself seemed ready for Meadows' stunt during the exchange, telling the congressman, "Ask Miss Patton how many people who are black executives at the Trump Organization".

"To my colleague, Mr. Meadows, that was not my intention".

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