Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen warned on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine appear to be a clear “attempt to extort or to bribe” the leaders of the Eastern European country.
Cohen, who served as a Republican lawmaker in the House of Representatives and the Senate before joining President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, made the remarks during a “Citizen by CNN” interview on Thursday. He drew parallels between what’s happening with the Trump administration now and what occurred during the Watergate scandal, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon while Cohen was in Congress.
“During the Nixon administration, you had the payment of hush money in order to silence witnesses. We’ve seen that take place,” Cohen said. “You have obstructed justice, in addition to justice obstruction of Congress. With respect to Ukraine itself…the thing speaks for itself,” he asserted.
“The transcription of the conversation that took place between the president of the United States and the president of Ukraine, I think it speaks for itself,” he argued.