President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday, in what proved to be an unusual combination of politics and theater. While President Trump may have been the hearing’s intended target, Cohen himself proved to be the focal point.

For those who question my motives for being here today, I understand,” Cohen said. “I have lied, but I am not a liar. I have done bad things, but I am not a bad man. I have fixed things, but I am no longer your ‘fixer,’ Mr. Trump.”

Both Republicans and Democrats used their allotted time questioning Cohen to offer their own narratives regarding the disbarred lawyer. Republicans, who almost universally used their time to lament the proceedings and rehash Cohen’s previous offenses, worked hard to discredit the man, though in that effort it would seem they were not entirely successful. While within the conservative base, many may be inclined to dismiss Cohen’s testimony as that of an admitted perjurer, Cohen managed to escape the hearing with many outside the GOP claiming he seemed more credible than ever.

In fact, Cohen countered some attacks by saying he was simply doing what Republican lawmakers were doing in the hearing: trying to protect the president.

Look at the old adage our moms taught us: Liar, liar, pants on fire,” Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., said. “No one should ever look at you and give you credibility. It’s sad.”

“It’s that sort of behavior that I’m responsible for. I’m responsible for your silliness, because I did the same thing that you’re doing now for 10 years,” Cohen replied. “I can only warn people. The more people that follow Mr. Trump as I did blindly, [the more people are] going to follow the same consequences that I’m suffering.”

When asked about a supposed video showing Donald Trump striking Melania Trump in an elevator, Cohen stated plainly that he did not believe such a tape existed, but went further to add that Trump “would never” hit his wife. Cohen’s seeming unwillingness to entertain some potentially negative lines of questioning for the President went far to defang conservative arguments that he was nothing more than a disgruntled former employee that would hurt the president any way that he could.

Democrats, on the other hand, hoped to paint Cohen as a broken man in search of redemption, framing the convicted felon as a man who was trying to make right what he had helped to do wrong–a characterization that, at times, Cohen either tried to or sincerely adopted himself; depending on whether or not you take him at his word.