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US House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff statement, May 21, 2019:
“Last night, the House Intelligence Committee voted to release transcripts from Michael Cohen’s testimony. The American people should be able to read his testimony for themselves, and weigh his credibility as well as the President’s actions and those around him.
Here’s what you need to know: Cohen’s testimony confirms that, throughout the 2016 election, President Trump was actively kept apprised of developments surrounding a building he hope to construct in the heart of Moscow – a deal for which Trump and his family would have personally earned millions, and they believed would have required active participation by the Kremlin to get final approval. President Trump repeatedly claimed that he had no business deals with Russia, but Cohen’s testimony indicates this oft-repeated representation was patently false.
Cohen’s testimony paints a picture of the Trump campaign’s continued efforts to spread this false narrative. According to Cohen, the President’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, encouraged Cohen to claim that the Trump Tower Moscow deal ended before the Iowa caucuses, even though he knew this wasn’t true. And after Cohen’s hotel and office were raided, Trump’s legal team dangled implicit promises of a future pardon to coax him to not cooperate with authorities. When Cohen chose to no longer toe the party line on President Trump’s relationship with Russia, the president and his allies trained their fire on Cohen and his family through a campaign of public intimidation to silence his testimony before several congressional committees – quintessential witness intimidation.
Make no mistake, any attempt by the President, his associates, or the Administration to suborn perjury, obstruct our investigation or mislead the public will not be tolerated – and will be exposed.
May 20, 2019, 6:22 pm:
“The House Intelligence Committee JUST voted 12 – 7 to release transcripts from Michael Cohen’s testimony, and related exhibits, to the public.
Read the Feb 2019 testimony here: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/IG/IG00/20190520/109549/HMTG-116-IG00-20190520-SD002.pdf
Read the March 2019 testimony here: