Ocasio-Cortez says bartending prepared her to cross-examine Michael Cohen | TheHill – The Hill

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSenate Dems seek to turn tables on GOP in climate change fight Ocasio-Cortez responds to Ivanka Trump: ‘I actually worked for tips and hourly wages’ Overnight Energy: McConnell plans Green New Deal vote before August recess | EPA official grilled over enforcement numbers | Green group challenges Trump over Utah pipelines MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that her experience in the New York City service industry helped her cross-examine President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Cohen testimony alleges Trump knew Stone talked with WikiLeaks about DNC emails Trump urges North Korea to denuclearize ahead of summit Venezuela’s Maduro says he fears ‘bad’ people around Trump MORE‘s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, during his Congressional testimony. 

“Bartending + waitressing (especially in NYC) means you talk to 1000s of people over the years,” the freshman congresswoman tweeted. “Forces you to get great at reading people + hones a razor-sharp BS detector.

“Just goes to show that what some consider to be ‘unskilled labor’ can actually be anything but.”

Cohen, who last year was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to financial crimes and campaign finance violations, publicly testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. 

His testimony included several allegations that Trump played a part in committing crimes over the years Cohen worked for him.

Ocasio-Cortez fit several questions about Trump’s finances into her five minutes to question Cohen during the hearing.

While being questioned by Ocasio-Cortez, Cohen said that Trump has lied about the worth of his assets.

Trump’s former longtime lawyer and “fixer” added that Trump Organization executives Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari were also aware that the president did this. 

“Where would the committee find more information on this. Do you think we need to review his financial statements and his tax returns in order to compare them?” Ocasio-Cortez asked. 

“Yes, and you’d find it at the Trump Org,” Cohen replied. 

Trump broke longstanding precedent by refusing to release his tax returns while running for president in 2016. Trump has cited an IRS audit to justify why he hasn’t made his tax documents public. 

But Cohen also cast doubt on that claim during the hearing, saying that he presumes the president is not under one. 

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