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From VOA News:
“Report: Trump Told Attorney Cohen to Lie to US Congress
January 18, 2019 4:26 AM, VOA News
U.S. President Donald Trump is reported to have directed his attorney to lie to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
The late Thursday account on BuzzFeed News said two anonymous federal law enforcement officials were the sources for the report about the president and his former lawyer Michael Cohen.
The sources say Cohen told special counsel Robert Mueller that the president told him to lie to Congress about Trump’s dealings with Russia.
BuzzFeed says the anonymous officials are also “involved in an investigation of the matter.”
According to the BuzzFeed account, Trump and two of his children, Ivanka and Donald Jr., “received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.”
At the same time Cohen was providing the Trumps with news about the negotiations with Russia, Trump was engaged in his successful presidential election and denying that he had any business deals with Russia.
“The allegation that the president of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business deals with Russia is among the most serious to date” Representative Adam Schiff of California said via Twitter. “We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.”
Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas posted on Twitter that if the BuzzFeed story is true, then Trump “must resign or be impeached.”
BuzzFeed says it learned about Trump’s effort to have Cohen lie to Congress “through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents.”….” More here: https://www.voanews.com/a/report-trump-told-attorney-cohen-to-lie-to-congress/4748536.html
Members of US Congress Respond:
“The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date. We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.” (US Congressman Adam Schiff, 11.12 pm Jan 17, 2019)
“If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached” (US Congressman Joaquin Castro, 11:23 PM Jan 17, 2019)
“Listen, if Mueller does have multiple sources confirming Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress, then we need to know this ASAP. Mueller shouldn’t end his inquiry, but it’s about time for him to show Congress his cards before it’s too late for us to act.” (US Senator Chris Murphy, 11:23 PM, Jan 17, 2019)
“So many felonies @POTUS may have committed. How about 18 U.S.C. § 1505:
“Whoever … endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede … the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House” is guilty of a felony.” (US Congressman Ted Lieu, 1:26 am, Jan 18, 2019)
“Democrats demand probe after report that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress” https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/18/democrats-demand-investigation-after-report-that-trump-ordered-michael-cohen-lie-congress-about-russian-project/