In a damning tweet on Sunday, President Donald Trump said that Democrats, with their stunt hearing featuring known liar Michael Cohen last week, may have actually blown up the significant progress the administration has made with North Korea.
In a near-simultaneous twist of fate in Hanoi, the second Trump-Kim Jong Un summit came to an abrupt end just as Cohen was testifying before the House Oversight Committee (and a huge national audience). Trump’s impression is that this hearing – unnecessary, exploitative, and politically-motivated – may have contributed to the summit’s early and unsuccessful demise.
“For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the ‘walk.’ Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!” Trump wrote.
Cohen’s testimony was regarded as the latest “BOMBSHELL” by the American mainstream media, but subsequent polls have shown it was largely a bust with the public. Only 37% of Americans think that Cohen has any credibility left whatsoever; his previous perjury charges have left him with very little reputational heft to stand on. It was a gamble of significant proportions for House Democrats to rely on this discredited fool to kick off their majority-led hearings; it was not unforeseen that it might blow up in their faces.
But the political fate of these investigations is one thing; actively sabotaging an effort on the part of the president to tame and normalize relations with a threatening nuclear country like North Korea is another thing altogether. There’s no doubt in our minds that Kim Jong Un took a look at those hearings playing out in Washington, figured that President Trump was in a weakened position, and offered him a lame deal he couldn’t refuse. His only miscalculation was in thinking that Trump was there to make any deal other than the one he came to get.
We can hope and pray that Kim Jong Un is not intending to go back to his old ways. We can hope and pray that Trump and Kim will continue to negotiate towards a peaceful, nuclear-free future on the Korean Peninsula. But if tensions escalate and this heroic effort falls apart, the Democrats will need to answer for their part in it. They are not just trying to overturn a valid American election at this point, they are actively endangering the world with this witch hunt. They must be held accountable.