Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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In an attempt to dispute Michael Cohen’s claims that President Trump is racist, a GOP lawmaker brought an African American member of the Trump administration, who previously worked for the Trump Organization, to the House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday. The lawmaker, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), then asked Cohen about the official’s own claims that she would never work for a racist.

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Michael Cohen on Wednesday claimed that he resisted taking a job at the White House, and even had a lawyer produce a memo advising against the idea. He said that after the election, he got the job he actually wanted.

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GOP lawmakers on the House Oversight committee threw a fit at the beginning of Michael Cohen’s much anticipated public hearing Wednesday because they said they had not received his prepared remarks early enough according to the committee’s rules.

The tussle was a preview of what is expected to be a combative day, as Republicans have already complained about the Democrats’ handling of the hearing.

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In asking for a federal judge in D.C. to hand down a sentencing “significantly” lower than the statutory maximum, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller had found “no evidence” of Russian collusion while suggesting the special counsel sought to pressure Manafort to flip on others.

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