Michael Cohen testimony draws in viewers across the city

Hadas Kuznits
February 27, 2019 - 2:57 pm
A man watches Michael Cohen testify before the House Oversight Committee on his iPhone while grabbing breakfast at the Comcast Center, Feb. 27, 2019.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — John Mackenzie was a little distracted at the gym Wednesday morning.

Although he usually jogs at a Philadelphia Sports Club with "The Price is Right" playing in the background, Mackenzie's eyes were drawn to Michael Cohen's testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee.

Mackenzie and many other Philadelphians were riveted by Cohen's long-anticipated testimony and shocked by what they heard.

He said the hearing nearly made him fall off the treadmill.

"When I was watching, I was like, this is damning, this is bad," he said. He was most surprised by the "documentation with the payments ... about the prostitutes."

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"The Republicans are looking at this saying, 'this is a witch hunt, this isn't true, this is fabricated, he has no credibility,' but the documentation, I think, with this is pretty important, the financial records," Mackenzie continued.

David Klinges, who was also working out at PSC, couldn't take his eyes off the testimony either.

"Half the people were cheering him on and half the people were throwing darts with their eyes at him," he said. "I think (Cohen is) being honest. ... It's not going to serve any purpose for him to lie to anyone."

Across the street, Peter Alpha was glued to his iPhone as he sipped coffee at the Comcast Center. He was focused more on Cohen's credibility.

"I would believe this guy," he said. "Cohen has pleaded guilty. He's going to jail, so (I believe) he's come out with the truth. He's not benefiting (or getting) anything out of it."

Cohen has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress. His term starts in May.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, his testimony is still ongoing.