Republican Rashomon: Were You Lying Then, or are You Lying Now?

Rashomon

I have taken to stopping now and then at thebulwark.com, home to the refugees from the erstwhile Weekly Standard. I thought this morning’s observation was good:

So when did Cohen actually lie to Congress—then or now?

Let’s break this down logically. If Cohen lied during his earlier testimony, it’s reasonable to believe that he told the truth today in saying that he is no longer protecting Trump. If he lied today, then it’s reasonable to believe that his guilty plea for lying was itself a lie. If this tongue twister puzzles the brain, it should.