House Dems order attorneys to file demand for Trump’s tax returns

House Dems order attorneys to file demand for Trump’s tax returns

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump who pled guilty to lying to Congress, appeared Wednesday before the White House Oversight Committee.

Mr Cohen completed a third day of testimony on Capitol Hill on Thursday, one day after publicly branding his former boss a racist and a conman who lied about business dealings in Russian Federation and directed him to hide extramarital relationships. He was interviewed behind closed doors by the House Intelligence Committee, of which Rep. Elise Stefanik is a part of, for more than eight hours. Cohen reached a publishing deal with an imprint of Hachette Book Group, but it fell apart after it became clear that Cohen was in a small bit of legal trouble.

As Gertz notes, the language in Trump's tweet was taken verbatim from a Tucker Carlson Tonight chyron, another terrifying reminder that no one - not his advisers, not the members of his Cabinet, not intelligence officials - has as much influence over the president of the United States as a handful of loyal Fox News hosts, who have nearly total dominion over his thinking. Writing a book praising the president's rise to power would have been entirely consistent with Cohen's behavior before he was indicted, and uncovering a bunch of laudatory anecdotes about the president is not going to make anything Cohen said about him on Wednesday any less true.

Democrats are preparing to call additional witnesses following Cohen's testimony, including those who Cohen mentioned during the hearing, according to CNN. "Mr. Trump responded by stating to the effect of 'wouldn't that be great, '" Cohen testified at the February 27 hearing. The president denies the affair.

This committee, under Democratic Chairman Elijah Cummings, possesses wide-ranging oversight authority. Ms Daniels was also mentioned frequently.

"Michael Cohen's book manuscript shows that he committed perjury on a scale not seen before", Trump wrote on Twitter.

In his Friday tweets, Trump highlighted Davis's associations with the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, whom he referred to as "Crooked Hillary".

Mr Cohen also said Mr Trump directed him to arrange the hush money payment to Ms Daniels.




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.

Mr Cohen said he could not discuss that conversation, the last contact he said he has had with the president or anyone acting on his behalf, because it remained under investigation. Jim Jordan of OH and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, sent a referral to the Justice Department alleging Cohen lied in his testimony.

Cohen's guilty plea a year ago implicated Trump in two federal crimes, alleging that then-presidential candidate directed Cohen to make the payments to keep the extramarital affair allegations silent in the days before the 2016 election.

They pointed to Cohen's guilty plea for making false statements to a banking institution and to court filings that say Cohen told friends he wanted a White House job.

Trump lightly acknowledged the testimony from Vietnam, where he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but gave a much fuller rejoinder Friday. Adam Schiff said the panel has more questions. Trump called the hearing "fake" and said it was a "terrible thing" for Democrats to hold it during his summit. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Wednesday asked Cohen if Trump had intentionally devalued his real estate assets to reduce his tax bills, to which Cohen responded, "Yes".

There was partisan bickering on this committee when Republican Trump ally Devin Nunes was its chairman before Democrats took control in the House in January.

Cohen as said he would be back to testify in US Congress on 6 March in connection to alleged illegal activity directed by Trump during his campaign and while in office.

"This has obviously been an excruciating time for him", Schiff said.

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