Democrats hope the effort builds public support for impeachment in the House, which they are pursuing even though it currently seems unlikely President Donald Trump will be removed from office by a trial in the Senate.
The prospect of public impeachment hearings featuring civil servants critical of his leadership will be uncomfortable, but angry testimony from current or former federal workers is not something entirely new for Trump.
Republican senators have largely shielded him from critical hearings and Democrats have only held control of the House since January.
Michael Cohen: Attorney turns on client
Cohen was more a fixer for Trump than an attorney. And his accusations against his former boss went well beyond the normal attorney-client relationship. On his way to jail for tax evasion, Cohen let loose in public about the misdeeds he said his boss pushed him into, like payoffs to women who alleged affairs, inflating the size of Trump’s wealth and more.
He called his former boss a “racist” and a “conman.”
That a former trusted ally turned on his boss was a remarkable thing to witness. That the boss was the sitting President of the United States was unprecedented in US history.
James Comey #1: The Russia investigation must go on
Comey confirmed in public that throughout the heat of 2016, the FBI was also investigating possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. He reiterated the belief of the entire US government except Trump that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
He also completely denied Trump’s assertion that the Obama campaign had spied on him.
Trump tweeted obliquely about Comey’s testimony in real time and, when Comey was read the tweets, he refuted them. It was an odd spectacle with the President and his FBI Director communicating via Twitter and public testimony. It wasn’t the last time Comey testimony would rankle Trump.