According to The Hill, Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) compared the Republican Party to a cult lead by President Trump during an interview on “Rising.”
“The whole Republican Party now is almost like a religious cult that is surrounding an organized crime family, that’s the mentality,” Raskin, who serves on the House Oversight Committee, said.
Raskin compared Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, to a “refugee” from a “crime organization.” Raskin used a tweet sent by GOP Representative Matt Gaetz (Fla.) as an example.
“He received the threats and the intimidation, which is why we had to reschedule the hearing originally,” Raskin said. “But even on the eve of the this most recent testimony, a member of Congress tweeted out some threats based apparently on false information the night before and then had to apologize for it.”
After Gaetz sent the threatening tweet, the Florida Bar opened an investigation into him. He tweeted: “Hey @MichaelCohen212 - Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends?” the congressman tweeted. “Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…”
Gaetz initially defended his tweet, but later deleted it and apologized.
In his testimony, Cohen accused Trump of criminal activities, corruption, and racism. He had no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia. Cohen’s testimony was criticized by Republicans, who questioned his credibility. Raskin said that republicans were only mad because Cohen stopped lying for the president.
"Our colleagues are not upset because you lied to Congress for the president, they're upset because you stopped lying to Congress for the president," he said.
Raskin continued, “We’ve got an independent, constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight over the executive branch of government,” he said. “The Republicans have done that vigorously and incessantly when President Obama was president and you’re going to see that we’re going to conduct our oversight duties with equal vigor and passion.”