Democrats in U.S. Congress Take Aim at Trump With Multiple Probes

Michael Cohen’s Congressional Testimony Show His Irrepressibly Lying Ways
Democrats in U.S. Congress Take Aim at Trump With Multiple Probes

02 March, 2019

Cohen, who worked for the president for a decade as his top "fixer" at the Trump Organisation, assailed his ex-boss as "a racist. a conman. a cheat" in testimony on Wednesday to the House Oversight Committee.

President Donald Trump on Friday called on Congress to demand the "transcript" of a book manuscript written by his former lawyer Michael Cohen, which he pitched to publishers before his personal legal problems surfaced.

"I am committed to telling the truth and I will be back on March 6 to finish up".

The president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump's family members in multiple crimes in his public testimony on Wednesday.

On Friday, Trump may have been reacting to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who said on his show Thursday night: "Turns out just weeks before the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his offices last summer, Michael Cohen was shopping a book proposal". Representatives for Trump did not respond to the allegations at the time.

Weisselberg is a key figure in the Manhattan US attorney's office's investigation into President Donald Trump's business dealings during the 2016 campaign. "He told me, personally".

The House Intelligence Committee, when it was led by Nunes, discovered that a dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation had been paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Jordan and Meadows also pointed to a tweet from Darrell Scott, a pastor and Trump campaign faith-based outreach coordinator.

"I can say on a number of topics he testified about yesterday we were able to go into great detail, but we've also covered a number of items and issues that were important to us that were not part of the hearing yesterday", he said.

Altogether, he has pleaded guilty to nine felonies, including tax evasion and campaign finance violations.

Cohen also said Trump directed him to arrange the hush money payment to Daniels.

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Trump's math did not square with ours, as this portion of the analysis shows: "He disclosed an income of $12.9 million for the two rinks, roughly the same amount as our estimate of his expenses for that period".

"So that's why I say, this is all about building the narrative out", he added.

Like its House counterpart, this committee also oversees USA intelligence agencies. He submitted a statement in 2017 saying efforts to build the tower had ceased by January 2016, when those talks in fact continued until June of that year, after Trump had clinched the Republican presidential nomination.

"Mr. Cohen repeatedly testified that he did not seek employment in the White House following President Trump's election", they wrote. Much of the event was theater, with a lot of congresspeople grandstanding and Republicans spending the majority of their allotted time to discredit Cohen's testimony since he's already headed to prison after previously lying to Congress.

Without directly mentioning Cohen's specific comments about the alleged conversation, Stone said Cohen's "statement is not true".

"Today Cohen provided the American public with a first-hand account of serious misconduct by Trump & those around him", Schiff said.

Ronald Fischetti, a veteran criminal defence lawyer in NY, said Cohen could get a reduced prison term if prosecutors deem he has provided substantial help in their investigations.

"My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything: my family's happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor, my reputation and soon my freedom", Cohen said.

After three days of grilling Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Democrats are quickly using his words as a roadmap to open new lines of investigation into the president's ties to Russian Federation and summon additional witnesses.

Trump Jr testified to the Senate intelligence committee that he was only "peripherally aware" of the project, while Ivanka said in an interview earlier this month she knew "literally nearly nothing" about it.

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