House Democrats are now poised to investigate reports that President Donald Trump directed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about his negotiations to build Trump Tower in Moscow, The New York Post reported.
The investigation announcement came following a report by BuzzFeed News, that cited two federal law enforcement officials involved in their investigation into whether Trump was guilty of inappropriate ties to Russia.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said “we will do what’s necessary to find out” if the report was true, the New York Post reported.
The California Democrat stated that the allegation that Trump could have directed Cohen to lie to Congress in 2017 “in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date.”
Schiff also called the allegations a “counterintelligence concern of the greatest magnitude,” and said that his committee was already been working to secure testimony and documentation related to the Moscow Trump Tower deal.
Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that it is a federal crime to direct a subordinate to lie to Congress.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, said directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime.
“We know that the President has engaged in a long pattern of obstruction,” Nadler tweeted.
“Directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime. The @HouseJudiciary Committee’s job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work.”
We know that the President has engaged in a long pattern of obstruction. Directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime. The @HouseJudiciary Committee’s job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work.
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) January 18, 2019
Trump’s current attorney, Rudy Giuliani seemed unconcerned about the allegations, saying in a statement, “If you believe Cohen I can get you a good all-cash deal on the Brooklyn Bridge.”
Giuliani later issued a stronger denial, according to the New York Post: “Any suggestion— from any source— that the President counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false.”