Democrats eye new inquiries, witnesses after Cohen testimony

Michael Cohen’s Congressional Testimony Show His Irrepressibly Lying Ways

Lawyer Michael Cohen, who worked for the president for a decade as his top "fixer at the Trump Organisation, assailed his ex-boss as 'a racist. a conman. a cheat" in testimony Wednesday to the House Oversight Committee. On Wednesday, Cohen provided the House Oversight Committee with a check signed by Trump from his personal bank account to show that the President reimbursed him for the payments while in office. "Given President Trump's recalcitrance, the committees with jurisdictional and legislative equities are working with the Ways and Means Committee to ensure the House is able to present the strongest possible case", Etienne said.

Asked if there's a chance Trump would ask him to take a job on either "the political side" or the "governmental side", Cohen says, "I certainly hope so".

Not surprisingly, the split in opinion fell along partisan lines, with 58 percent of Democrats saying they found him credible, whole only 15 percent of Republicans said he was credible. It aims to examine the scope of Russian influence in US politics, potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow and whether any "foreign actors" hold leverage over Trump, his family, his business or his associates. He broke with decades of precedent when running for the White House in 2016 with every USA president since Richard Nixon voluntarily doing so.

Like its House counterpart, this committee also oversees USA intelligence agencies.

The committee also has demanded that the White House comply with requests for documents and witnesses for an investigation it launched in January into security clearance issues involving Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and others.

In their criminal referral, the Republican committee members also pointed to a tweet by a former New York City police detective and Fox News contributor, who claims to have heard Cohen express anger over being iced out of Trump's White House.

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On his television program Thursday night, Hannity told Trump that Cohen told him "at least a dozen times" that "he made the decision on the payments - and he didn't tell you". A House Intelligence Committee aide said it plans to invite Weisselberg to testify. Trump said he tried to watch as much of Cohen's marathon hearing as he could.

The committee will hold a public hearing on March 14 to hear testimony from Felix Sater, a Russian-born property developer and former Trump business associate, about efforts to build a Trump tower in Moscow.

In the wake of Cohen's testimony, the president and his Republican allies have aggressively sought to discredit the former Trump loyalist, who has been sentenced to prison in part for lying to Congress past year. Trump has rejected the notion that it was a campaign finance violation.

Fox News is told the request for years of Trump's past tax returns is expected to go to the IRS "as early as the next few weeks", according to aides close to the process.

The request now being prepared by the House Ways and Means Committee has the full support of Democratic leadership, per NBC. And now that they have subpoena power, they may be in a position to get answers. The panel also intends to look into whether previous testimony given to Congress and federal investigators by figures associated with Trump has been false or misleading.

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