Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
The 29-year-old asked Cohen questions at his hearing on Wednesday related to President Donald Trump’s finances.
And Cohen walked lock step with her giving her the exact answers that she wanted causing many to believe the interaction was scripted.
Fox News reported on her questions and Cohen’s answers.
AOC asked President Trump’s onetime personal attorney Michael Cohen if Trump had intentionally devalued his real estate assets to reduce his tax bills, to which Cohen responded, “Yes.”
Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the House Oversight Committee, sought to lay the groundwork for lawmakers to potentially subpoena employees of the Trump Organization — including its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, who Cohen said was privy to Trump’s various money maneuvers and who received immunity from federal prosecutors in New York to testify against Cohen prior to the attorney’s guilty plea on federal campaign finance violations last August.
When she asked Cohen how Trump attempted to reduce his tax burden he said “What you do is, you deflate the value of the asset and then you put in a request to the tax department for a deduction.”
“And would it help for the committee to obtain federal and state tax returns from the president and his company to address that discrepancy?” Ocasio-Cortez asked.
“I believe so,” Cohen answered.
She stayed on financial issues for nearly all her questioning as she laid the groundwork for the committee to continue and expand its investigation of the president’s business empire.
“Where would the committee find more information on this? Do you think we need to review his financial statements and tax returns in order to compare them?,” she asked.
“Yes, and you would find it at the Trump Org,” Cohen told her.
She also set up the possibility of the committee using its subpoena power to obtain the president’s tax records and other financial documents.
Watch the full exchange here:
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