Special counsel disputes explosive report on Trump lawyer testimony


The sight of Michael Cohen with one of his arms in a sling set off speculation Friday, the day after a BuzzFeed report said Cohen had told investigators that President Trump ordered him to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate proposal.

It was unclear exactly what Mueller's office was disputing, but BuzzFeed reported that the special counsel learned about Trump's directive for Cohen to lie through "interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages and a cache of other documents".

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Cohen, who once said he was so loyal to Trump that he would "take a bullet" for him, is scheduled to begin a three-year prison sentence in March after pleading guilty to charges including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress.

BuzzFeed News reported late Thursday that two anonymous federal law enforcement officials were the sources for the report about the president and his former lawyer Michael Cohen. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)-chairman of the House Judiciary Committee-promised to use the resources at his committee's disposal to find out whether the reporting is accurate.

He was sentenced in NY for crimes including tax evasion, lying to Congress about the Trump tower, and arranging illicit payments to silence women who threatened Mr Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.

If Robert Mueller III has the evidence he reportedly has - that Trump asked Michael Cohen to lie to Congress for him - it could present something that's been missing thus far from the public domain: An event so cut-and-dried that even Republicans would be hard-pressed not to consider impeachment.

"When you say it's a vague statement, I just want to read for our viewers what the Special Counsel said".

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If true, it could be "the most serious threat" to Trump's presidency, according to Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), who reacted to the news on CNN Friday.

There are important caveats here - and the story is of such significance that we need to emphasize those caveats up high.

Cohen is scheduled to testify publicly before the House Oversight Committee on February 7. What BuzzFeed was alleging occurred would then be a second instance of Cohen's illegal activity implicating Trump in a crime.

"Our committee must conduct a thorough investigation of the President's involvement in these crimes and whether he obstructed justice to hide them", Blumenthal said.

Lanny Davis, a Cohen adviser, declined to comment. Richard Nixon faced similar allegations before ultimately leaving the White House.

William Barr, Trump's nominee to be attorney general, said at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that a president would be committing obstruction if he directed a subordinate to lie under oath. Russian Federation also has rejected USA intelligence findings that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election in an effort to boost Trump. Trump's current lawyer said the allegations sparking the inquiry are "categorically false".

House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also vowed to launch an investigation into the claims in the Buzzfeed report, which the White House denied. And you'd certainly never have guessed that their sources would be so far superior to those of the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal that those three mega-papers would still have nothing on this mega-bombshell nearly 24 hours later.