Wisconsin reacts to Cohen testimony

A member of the House Oversight Committee Rep Glenn Grothman, R-Glembeulah, questioned if President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen was using his testimony Wednesday to shorten his upcoming three year prison sentence.

"So you expect, and perhaps, what you testify here today will affect, going back and reducing what we think is a relatively light three year sentence - you expect to go back and ask for a further reduction?" Grothman asked.

Cohen responded that he is hoping to get a shorter sentence through cooperating, known as rule 35, but that would be through federal court in New York, not his testimony to Congress.

"This congressional hearing today is not going to be the basis for a rule 35 motion," Cohen said. "I wish it was, but it's not."

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-WI, tweeted that Trump is pointing out positives from his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to seem more "presidential" in light of Cohen's testimony. UWM Professor Mordecai Lee says you can expect Wisconsin politicians to respond along party lines.

"Democrats have already made up their mind that he's an illegitimate president, that he should be impeached and removed from office. Republicans have made up their mind that there's a conspiracy by the deep state."

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, also responded to Cohen's testimony, saying it paints a very dark picture and the documents he turned over to congress raise deeply troubling questions about the president.

Cohen is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday. There are no Wisconsin lawmakers on that committee.

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