Lynne Patton: I was not a 'prop' at Michael Cohen hearing

Sunday, 03 Mar, 2019

On "Fox & Friends" Thursday, Patton said she knows Trump well and he's only concerned about success or failure, not an individual's race, creed or religion. But I am not calling the gentleman, Mr. Meadows a racist.so I'm saying that in itself it is a racist act. At one point, Patton, who now works at the Department of Housing and Urban Development stood behind him.

"We write to refer significant evidence that Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly made false statements during his testimony before an Oversight and Reform Committee hearing", the pair wrote.

Cohen added, "While we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way".

"You don't have to be black to watch what happened yesterday and feel totally uncomfortable with that moment", Huntsman said. He said he aced to benefit Trump and his presidential campaign out of misplaced loyalty.

Tyler Parry, an associate professor of African American Studies at California State University in Fullerton, said using black people as political props is something that occurred as far back as the 19th century in debates about slavery.

"Congress can not perform its oversight function if witnesses who appear before its committees do not provide truthful testimony", said the letter from Jordan, a Champaign County Republican, and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of SC, who is also on the Oversight Committee. Her presence there provoked Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib to suggest first that Meadows, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, was a racist and that the congressman was merely using Patton as "a prop".

"He is exhausted, and we've gotten through a quarter [of the questions]", she said. So, how do you reconcile it?

She accused Meadows of "crying" by asking for Tlaib's comments to be stricken from the record.

"That's more racist than being put up there as a 'prop, '" she claimed.

"Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean they aren't racist", Tlaib said during the hearing. I've addressed that dozens of times and candidly apologized for that a number of times", Meadows told reporters Thursday regarding the 2012 video, "It was when I was running for office, I answered a question.

"As everyone knows in this chamber, I'm pretty direct, so if I wanted to say that, I would have, but that's not what I said", Tlaib said.

"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's going to tell it like it is".

In an exchange between Cohen and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, Meadows inquired about the extent of Cohen's consulting relationship with Novartis, along with other foreign firms.