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

Christopher Steele and Michael Cohen

House Oversight Committee Republicans on Thursday referred ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen to the Justice Department for alleged perjury, claiming he lied during sworn testimony before the panel a day earlier about a number of issues including his ambitions to work in the Trump administration and contracts with foreign entities.

As Michael Cohen shed new light on the inner workings of President Donald Trump's family business Wednesday, he rattled off a list of Trump Organization officials who are now likely to face congressional scrutiny of their own.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said that the following week, on March 14, real estate developer Felix Sater will appear before the committee in an open session to talk about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Her lawsuit includes two allegations that Mr Trump used the charity's money to buy portraits of himself, in violation of laws against "self-dealing" by charity leaders. It was signed by Mr Weisselberg and the President's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, who are helping run Mr Trump's businesses while he is in the White House.

In his opening remarks, Cohen said: "For those who question my motives, I understand". The "baseless" referral, he suggested, is just a political move by "two pro-Trump Committee members" meant to distract from the hearing.

Also, Cohen has a lot of trouble believing that Trump was unaware of Trump Jr.'s infamous meeting with Russian agents since Jr. sought his dad's approval on everything; he even remembers a moment when Trump and Trump Jr. discussed in whispers an upcoming meeting that would fit with the timeline of the Russian meeting.

"We would provide them with these copies so they would understand that the premium, which is based sometimes upon the individual's capabilities to pay, would be reduced", Cohen said. And now video clips of Cohen's past television interviews may have caught the former attorney lying to Congress, again. In an interview with from February 9, Ivanka Trump said that she knew "literally nearly nothing" about the pursuit of a building in Moscow.

A separate controversy emerged after Rep. Mark Meadows brought out a black woman who worked for the Trump family as proof that Trump isn't racist. "Yes, but I'm not really sure I can answer that question in terms of collusion", he said, adding, however, that he had his "suspicions". Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, another Intelligence Committee member, said simply that Cohen's testimony was "interesting". He has handled the president's money for Trump's entire professional life, since 1973. Trump said he tried to watch as much of Cohen's marathon hearing as he could.

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Trump, speaking at a news conference in Vietnam after failing to achieve a peace deal with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, called the blockbuster hearing back in Washington fake and said it should not have been scheduled during his trip.

"He doesn't give you orders; he speaks in code", Cohen testified. "He's the next one to come forward that people want to hear from", one Democratic aide with knowledge of the deliberations told Roll Call after the Cohen hearing of a potential hearing with Weisselberg.

At one point, Krishnamoorthi asked Cohen to describe the last communication he had with Trump or "someone acting on his behalf".

He has provided limited cooperation on the allegations surrounding the hush money payments to McDougal and Clifford as part of an immunity agreement with federal prosecutors in NY, according to NBC News reporting.

'That doesn't make him paranoid, ' wrote Cohen.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for that lie and other crimes.

Possible collusion is a key theme of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which has dogged the president during his first two years in office.

Weisselberg was granted immunity a year ago to testify before a grand jury in the SDNY's investigation into Trump and Cohen. Asked who else knows Trump did this, Cohen said: "Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari".

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