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Students react to the Michael Cohen testimony

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Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By Molly Mills

President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified on Capitol Hill in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee  Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Cohen had been associated with Trump since the early 2000s and they spoke highly of each other, with Cohen commonly referred to as Trump’s “fixer.” In April 2018, FBI agents went to Cohen’s office, home and hotel room, gathering around 1.3 million pieces of potential evidence, according to USA Today in a timeline detailing Trump and Cohen’s relationship. Not long after the FBI started investigating Cohen, Trump hired a new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in May 2018 and soon Cohen began cooperating with the FBI.

In his testimony, Cohen mentioned Trump approving hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, the adult film star with whom Trump allegedly had an affair, knowing about the 2016 WikiLeaks email dump in advance, and also Congress receiving misleading testimony about his ties to Russia.

The Collegiate caught up with GRCC students to get their take on the trial. Katie Schrotenboer, 19, of Rockford, heard a little about the trial, but said she is usually too busy to pay attention to politics.

“Cohen doesn’t really have a reason to lie, he’s going to prison anyway,” Schrotenboer said. “He also doesn’t get anything out of telling everything. I’d take what he says with a grain of salt.”

Misty McClure, of Lowell, is confident in Cohen’s testimony and said she thinks Cohen “might be telling the truth, finally.”

Some sources have mentioned impeaching Trump following the hearing, something that student Carson McCready thinks is overdue.

“Honestly, I feel like this was kind of a long time coming,” she said.

Collegiate staffers Lillian Linscott, Brooklyn Andres and Deanna Bergers contributed to this report.