President Trump called Michael Cohen's Congressional hearing "very interesting" and said he was "a little impressed" that his former attorney didn't lie about collusion with Russia. Trump said he "tried to watch as much as I could" of Michael Cohen's Congressional hearing, which he called a "fake hearing," at a press conference after the summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
"He lied a lot, but it was very interesting, because he didn’t lie about one thing: He said no collusion with the Russian hoax," Trump said Thursday.
"I was actually impressed that he didn't say, well, I think there was collusion for this reason or that," the president said. "He didn't say that. He said no collusion, and I was a little impressed by that, frankly."
"He could have gone all out. He only went about 95% instead of 100%," Trump added.
REPORTER: Two questions, if I may. First, did you learn anything new about Chairman Kim, through this meeting?
And secondly, of course, while this was going on, the drama back in Washington, your former lawyer, Michael Cohen — who worked for you for 10 years; his office right next to yours, right by yours at Trump Tower — he called you a liar, a conman, a racist. What’s your response to Michael Cohen?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, it’s incorrect. And, you know, it’s very interesting, because I tried to watch as much as I could. I wasn’t able to watch too much because I’ve been a little bit busy. But I think having a fake hearing like that, and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing. They could’ve made it two days later or next week, and it would’ve been even better. They would’ve had more time.
But having it during this very important summit is sort of incredible. And he lied a lot, but it was very interesting because he didn’t lie about one thing. He said no collusion with the Russian hoax. And I said, “I wonder why he didn’t just lie about that, too, like he did about everything else?”
I mean, he lied about so many different things, and I was actually impressed that he didn’t say, “Well, I think there was collusion for this reason or that.” He didn’t say that. He said, “No collusion.” And I was, you know, a little impressed by that, frankly. Could’ve — he could’ve gone all out. He only went about 95 percent instead of 100 percent.
But the fact is, there is no collusion. And I call it the “witch hunt.” This should never happen to another President. This is so bad for our country. So bad.
You look at this whole hoax — I call it the Russian witch hunt. I now add the word “hoax.” It’s a very, very bad thing for our country. But I was impressed with the fact that he — when — you know, because the most important question up there was the one on collusion. And he said he saw no collusion.
So we’ll see what happens. But it was pretty shameful, I think.