Cohen Backtracks Or Does He?

Did you notice that the CA had nothing about Rep. Steve Cohen’s desire to give disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok a purple heart on Friday? The comment had occurred on Thursday easily before their deadline, but it didn’t make Friday’s edition.

Why was that, do you think? Not important?

Did you also notice that the story they finally ran on Saturday was written by someone from Nashville?

Really on top of things, the CA.

They probably would have let the whole thing pass if Memphis vets did not voice their anger and disgust.

Cohen tried to backtrack from his remark, but he really didn’t apologize. He said, “I regret mentioning the Purple Heart medal at yesterday’s hearing. My intent was to speak metaphorically to make a broader point about attacks against the FBI and Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into a Russian attack on our country. I have nothing but the highest respect for members of the Armed Forces, especially those who have been awarded Purple Hearts, as well as the hard working men and women at the FBI. We are safe because of their service and sacrifice.”

But in his weekly email to constituents that came out earlier on Friday, he bragged about his interaction on the Mueller probe. He said, “The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Judiciary Committee on which I serve held a hearing Thursday to take the testimony of FBI Agent Peter Strzok. I was saddened by the Majority’s attempts to use the hearing as an opportunity to attack the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Russia attacked our country, and I believe we ought to be focusing on keeping our nation safe rather than attacking the Department of Justice. See my exchange with Agent Strzok here” and provided a clip of his exchange:

Doesn’t sound like vets’ anger mattered to him then.

I was watching the hearing when he made his sorry remarks and immediately was disgusted. Others were, too and the disgust with him was voiced by many people, famous and ordinary citizens.

Alan Dershowitz talks to FBN’s Maria Bartiromo about the Strzok testimony and singles out Steve Cohen as the one responsible for the worst comment. (The conversation past that is interesting, too.)

Rudy Giuliani slammed Cohen on Twitter: “Congressman Steve Cohen wants to give biased renegade Agent Strzok the Purple Heart. Now he wants to impeach the President even though DOJ disclosed that the latest indictments yield no evidence of American involvement. This is pathological.”

And he added, “@RepCohen should apologize to every wounded veteran and the families of all fallen heroes. Saying Strzok should get a Purple Heart. Disgusting.”

Comments on blogs were outraged as well. Many wondered how Memphis could elect such a man.

I wonder, too.

One local veteran, a former employee at the VA hospital, is organizing a protest targeting Cohen and the VA’s practices. He asked, “How do you compare someone getting wounded in combat to someone getting in trouble for message he sent?”


A date for the march has not been set yet, but we will hopefully find out soon.

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