Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, spoke Friday with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash. Here’s a transcript of the interview.
Bash: How did it feel Congressman when you found out that the woman you thought was your daughter is really not?
Cohen: I was totally stunned. When I took the DNA tests I did it to satisfy her needs. She said that she didn’t know who her biological father was and for her mental health she needed it. I had avoided it but I would do anything for her and I told her mother, there were certain things her mother wanted me to do, and I told her I would not do that unless Victoria wanted it and I would do anything for her. But I thought it was just perfunctory. I felt confident, that it was for sure that I would come out that I was the father.
When I found out I wasn’t I was floored.
Updated 2 p.m. ET, 7/19
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The Tennessee Democrat also told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash that he had taken the recent DNA test because the daughter, Victoria Brink, asked him to.
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