Cohen's testimony and the crisis of American conscience

02 March, 2019, 06:42 | Author: Kenneth Collins
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Cohen said Weisselberg was privy to Trump's various money maneuvers and who received immunity from federal prosecutors in NY to testify against Cohen prior to the attorney's guilty plea on federal campaign finance violations last August.

This committee, under Democratic Chairman Elijah Cummings, possesses wide-ranging oversight authority. Cohen told the House oversight committee that Trump "knew of and directed the Trump Moscow negotiations throughout the campaign and lied about it".

The committee also has demanded that the White House comply with requests for documents and witnesses for an investigation it launched in January into security clearance issues involving Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and others.

During his testimony, Cohen called Trump a "racist" and "con man" who lied throughout the 2016 elections about his business interests in Russian Federation.

Based on who was mentioned in the hearing, possible witnesses could include Weisselberg and two of the president's children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump. Ms Daniels was also mentioned frequently.

His allegations included that Trump knew in advance that the WikiLeaks website would release Democratic emails that US officials have said were stolen by Russian Federation to harm Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

But Michael Cohen's congressional testimony this week strengthened Democrats' motivation for requesting them from the IRS, Democratic aides told NBC. He said the president arranged to reimburse Mr Cohen, and Mr Cohen brought to the hearing a cheque that he said was proof of the transaction.

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"It may not be surprising that two pro-Trump Committee members ... known now have made a baseless criminal referral", Davis said. Jim Jordan of OH and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, sent a referral to the Justice Department alleging Cohen lied in his testimony.

Trump's tax returns have always been a white whale for Democrats eager to determine if they can prove that the President committed tax fraud or engaged in untoward foreign dealings.

Trump lightly acknowledged the testimony from Vietnam, where he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but gave a much fuller rejoinder Friday.

Schiff has said he will subpoena Mueller's complete final report on his investigation if it is not given to Congress. Schiff also has said he will call Mueller to testify if necessary. According a copy of the proposal obtained by the Daily Beast, the book would have chronicled Cohen's time as the Trumps' "family fix-it guy". Trump called the hearing "fake" and said it was a "terrible thing" for Democrats to hold it during his summit.

Several journalists have also said their reporting showed Cohen sought a White House job.

Cohen, shaking off incessant criticism from Republicans, was the first Trump insider to pull back the curtain on a version of the inner workings of Trump's political and business operations. During the course of questioning by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Cohen alleged that Weisselberg, along with fellow Trump Organization officials Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari, had direct knowledge of the president fraudulently overvaluing his assets to insurance companies. "I was offered jobs", he said.


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