Mark Meadows, a Republican from North Carolina, also was unable to keep calm as he and Cohen interrupted one another. He eventually resorted to breaking in on Cohen to note “You are not a nice guy!”

Shortly after, Stephen Lynch, a Democrat from Massachusetts, shouted at a Republican colleague, using emphatic arm gestures to drive home his angered point.

Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona, angrily tried to piece together his comments, reaching a peak as he commented one of Cohen’s statement with this admonition: “Remember the old adage our moms taught us: ‘liar liar pants on fire!'”

The overall effect allowed Cohen—a convicted felon who has admitted his dishonesty—to come off as even-keeled, reasoned and measured. And he was not quite all that.

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