House Committee Democrat Suggests Hannity Will Have to Testify


Cohen broke with Trump previous year and pleaded guilty to charges including that he lied to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russian Federation and made prohibited campaign contributions in the form of payments to two women who say they had affairs with Trump.

The House Intelligence Committee plans to call Allen Weisselberg, the chief bookkeeper at the Trump Organization, to testify before the panel, two aides told INSIDER.

Democrat Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Cohen would return for further questioning next Wednesday to give lawmakers another chance to follow up on allegations of wrongdoing that Cohen leveled at his former boss this week.

Michael Cohen claims that he is done lying to Congress, but his testimony before the House Oversight Committee shows that he isn't done misleading the American people just yet.

In reality, prosecutors said, the invoices were meant to disguise the reason Cohen was being paid $35,000 in monthly installments - he was being reimbursed for facilitating the $130,000 hush-money payment to Daniels.

Cohen told lawmakers Wednesday that some of Trump's lawyers, including Jay Sekulow, edited those statements before he delivered them to Congress, changing details about the timeline of Trump's efforts to build a tower in Moscow. "Because they wanted it to be secret, so that they could run out and talk to all the mainstream media, who are in search of that ever-elusive collusion-conspiracy-obstruction animal", Nunes said Friday during a discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Cohen pleaded guilty to telling Congress that the Moscow venture was dead by January 2016 when, in reality, work on it persisted deep into the presidential campaign. He said Trump inflated his net worth to try to secure loans and to boost his status.

Weisselberg has served the Trump family for more than 40 years.

"I wonder why he didn't lie about that too like he did about everything else". Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, another Intelligence Committee member, said simply that Cohen's testimony was "interesting".

Mueller is due to submit to U.S. Attorney General William Barr a report on his investigation into whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether the president unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

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Cohen told a House panel that President Trump was a "racist, a con man and a liar".

Instead of using his allotted five minutes to speechify, Khanna got Cohen to admit Trump and Donald Trump Jr.'s direct involvement in criminal conspiracy by zeroing in on a hush-money check which he called the "smoking gun".

Schiff said the committee went through several documents with Cohen - and have more documents to ask him about.

Cohen has met with the NY attorney general's office regarding its investigation into Trump's charitable foundation, provided the office with documents "concerning a separate open inquiry", and cooperated with requests from the state's tax department, his attorneys said in court filing before his December sentencing.

He said prosecutors in NY were investigating conversations Trump or his advisers had with him after his office and hotel room were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last April. Following his guilty plea, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison.

"He was fully cooperative and answered all of our questions", Mr. Schiff said of Cohen.

Update, 2:58 p.m., February 28: This article has been updated to include a statement from Michael Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, about the criminal referral. "I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump's illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience".

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.