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Post by Addie » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:48 pm

Newsweek
Donald Trump to Be Investigated by Multiple Congressional Committees Over Report He Directed Michael Cohen Lie Under Oath

On the heels of a bombshell BuzzFeed News report Thursday night alleging President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie, under oath, to Congress to cover up his negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 campaign, two of the House’s top committee’s will investigate the matter.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, vowed to open congressional investigations.

“The allegation that the president of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date,” Schiff said immediately following the report. “We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.”

Nadler echoed those remarks Friday morning, saying “we know that the president has engaged in a long pattern of obstruction.”

“Directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime,” Nadler said. “The [House Judiciary] Committee’s job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work.”
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Reuters: Report that Trump told lawyer to lie to Congress draws House inquiry

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Post by Addie » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:26 pm

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Democrats vow aggressive investigations into report that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress ...

In television interviews Friday morning, most Democrats were careful to couch their reaction to the BuzzFeed story on the condition that it turns out to be true.

“If this is true, what it means is this is more evidence that the president has violated his oath of office,” Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “If he told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, if he suborned perjury, this is as serious as it gets.”

Several Democrats — inside and outside of Congress — raised the specter of impeachment if the story proved true.

“If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached,” tweeted Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
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CNBC: Schiff vows to focus on Trump Tower Moscow deal after bombshell BuzzFeed report, as Democrats mull impeachment

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Post by NMgirl » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:26 pm

The House Judiciary Committee indicates to Matthew Whitaker that bullshit, obfuscating, evasive answers will not be acceptable. And I don't think Whitaker is up to the job of flim-flamming the Committee. Contrariwise. :boxing:

https://judiciary.house.gov/sites/democ ... itaker.pdf

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Post by Kendra » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:31 pm

NMgirl wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:26 pm
The House Judiciary Committee indicates to Matthew Whitaker that bullshit, obfuscating, evasive answers will not be acceptable. And I don't think Whitaker is up to the job of flim-flamming the Committee. Contrariwise. :boxing:

https://judiciary.house.gov/sites/democ ... itaker.pdf

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Post by Addie » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:45 am

Committee to Investigate Russia
Chairman Nadler Warns Whitaker to Prepare

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has sent Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker a list of questions he expects answered when Whitaker appears to testify February 8th.

Among them is whether the acting attorney general played any role in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's spokesman issuing a rare statement disputing part of BuzzFeed News' report that President Trump told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
Judiciary.house.gov - Jan 22 2019: Nadler Letter to Whitaker
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New Republic: How Trump Suborns Perjury

Even without BuzzFeed’s explosive report about Michael Cohen, the evidence shows that the president has persuaded his associates to lie to Congress and the feds.

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Post by Addie » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:40 am

The Hill
Dem chairman on Stone arrest: 'What did the President know and when did he know it?'

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Friday resurfaced an infamous question from the Watergate probe following news that President Trump’s longtime associate Roger Stone was indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, shared a list of Trump associates who have been indicted in the probe over Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

The question was one poised in 1973 by former Sen. Howard Baker Jr. (R-Tenn.) in the special Senate committee that investigated the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Convention headquarters in the Watergate building.

The query has resurfaced multiple times by political pundits and news outlets such as The Washington Post and The New York Times throughout the course of the Mueller investigation.
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The Atlantic - David Frum: Roger Stone’s Arrest Is the Signal for Congress to Act

Robert Mueller is looking for crimes. It’s up to legislators to safeguard the country.

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Post by Kendra » Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:06 pm

Sekrit Stuffs!
Per Maddow, the House Intelligence Committee can't get up and running until the entire committee has been seated, but for some reason the Republicans aren't naming any of their own to sit on the committee. They maybe don't want any of the transcripts from the last year or so to go to Mueller for more possible charges? :roll:

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Post by neonzx » Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:28 pm

Kendra wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:06 pm
Per Maddow, the House Intelligence Committee can't get up and running until the entire committee has been seated, but for some reason the Republicans aren't naming any of their own to sit on the committee. They maybe don't want any of the transcripts from the last year or so to go to Mueller for more possible charges? :roll:
Maybe they are having trouble finding anyone with intelligence to seat?
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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:33 pm

Kendra wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:06 pm
Sekrit Stuffs!
Per Maddow, the House Intelligence Committee can't get up and running until the entire committee has been seated, but for some reason the Republicans aren't naming any of their own to sit on the committee. They maybe don't want any of the transcripts from the last year or so to go to Mueller for more possible charges? :roll:
A sample from the Republican play book that democrats can use should the wind turn against them? Or is this a rule that the house can rewrite?

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Post by Kendra » Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:55 pm

Wasn't this Nunes' committee? Gym Jordan? They lose interest?

Sarcasm aside, looks like they don't want Mueller to have the transcripts.

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Post by bob » Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:04 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:33 pm
A sample from the Republican play book that democrats can use should the wind turn against them? Or is this a rule that the house can rewrite?
The parties agree to the allocation of seats for each committee, e.g., they agree there will be 11 majority members and 10 minorities members on judiciary, 12 and 11 on intelligence, etc.

One would think the majority party could simply rewrite the rule to say that, due to lack of interest, there will be 11 majority members and one minority member. That would spark interest in filing the seats.

But the optics would be bad, and would encourage the retaliation in the future. Of course, the same was said with Merrick Garland, and yet here we are.
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Post by Addie » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:57 pm

Mother Jones
House Dems Are Set to Take a Step to Help Robert Mueller Prosecute Perjury

The House intelligence committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday to turn over interview transcripts to the special counsel.


The House intelligence committee is set to vote Wednesday to formally send the Justice Department transcripts of interviews from the panel’s investigation into Russian election interference, a step that could help special counsel Robert Mueller charge some witnesses with lying to Congress.

Democrats on the committee have previously said they suspect that Donald Trump Jr. made false statements during a December 2017 interview with the panel. “I think there’s at least two occasions where he lied to the committee,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said on CNN in December. A lawyer for Trump Jr. did not respond to a request for comment. Democrats have also questioned the veracity of claims that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and other officials made to the panel.

A notice of a closed committee business meeting says the panel will “take votes related to the transmission of certain committee transcripts” to the DOJ on Wednesday. The notice doesn’t specify how many interviews that includes, but Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the committee’s chairman, has said he wants to move as fast as possible to turn over to Mueller transcripts of the more than 50 witness interviews that the panel conducted during its investigation.

Mueller recently charged longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone with lying to the House intelligence committee in a September 2017 interview and in written statements to the panel. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer, also admitted to making false statements to the House and Senate intelligence committees as part of a guilty plea.

Critics of investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia have belittled Mueller’s reliance on perjury charges. But prosecutors have asserted that lies to investigators serve to block the public from learning the truth about a vitally important controversy. In a sentencing memo, Mueller noted that Cohen had lied to Congress in a bid to limit “the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election—an issue of heightened national interest.”

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Post by Addie » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:04 am

Political Wire: Whitaker Will Return to Clarify Testimony

Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker “has agreed to meet a second time with House lawmakers to clarify public testimony he gave earlier this month,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Mother Jones: Trump’s Former Acting Attorney General Agrees to Fix His Testimony About Trump Pressure

Democrats say Matthew Whitaker may have committed perjury.

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Post by RoadScholar » Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:47 am

"Clarify?"

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Post by Grumpy Old Guy » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:01 am

RoadScholar wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:47 am
"Clarify?"

heh.
Swap new lies for old.

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Post by Notorial Dissent » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:52 am

Grumpy Old Guy wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:01 am
RoadScholar wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:47 am
"Clarify?"

heh.
Swap new lies for old.
Try try again??????
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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:38 pm

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Former Acting AG Matt Whitaker to return to House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday

Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is slated to return Wednesday to the House Judiciary Committee after Democrats demanded he provide more details about his conversations with President Donald Trump and White House officials involving the Russia investigation and other probes impacting the presidency.

A Democratic aide said that Whitaker would return to the panel for further questioning after a contentious public hearing in February, when Whitaker would not discuss many of his private conversations with Trump. He is expected to speak behind closed doors with Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, and the committee's top Republican member, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, to clarify his answers from last month's testimony.

The push to question Whitaker is one example of how House Democrats plan are employing their new power: They plan to bring back Trump officials to press them to answer their questions if they don't find their public testimony satisfactory.

In a letter to Whitaker last month following the day-long hearing, Nadler said that many of the answers from the then-acting head of the Justice Department were "unsatisfactory, incomplete or contradicted by other evidence."

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Post by Addie » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:35 pm

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Whitaker ‘did not deny’ talking to Trump about Cohen, personnel at SDNY, top Democrat says

The Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that former acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker “did not deny” that President Trump “called him to discuss the case” against his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, as well as decisions regarding the personnel at the federal prosecutor’s office bringing the case against Cohen.

Speaking to reporters after a two-hour meeting with Whitaker, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) presented Whitaker’s closed-door comments as a contradiction of his public testimony from February, during which Whitaker said Trump never expressed his dissatisfaction with Cohen for pleading guilty to various financial crimes and lying to Congress. When asked at that hearing whether he had ever discussed the Cohen case with Trump, Whitaker refused to answer the question.

“Unlike in the hearing room, Mr. Whitaker did not deny that the president called him to discuss the Michael Cohen case and personnel decisions in the Southern District,” Nadler said, referring to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which brought the case against Cohen.

But Rep. Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.), who was also present for the interview, strongly disagreed with Nadler, calling it an “interpretation” — and insisting that Whitaker “said he did not talk with the president about Mr. Cohen at all, and had no conversations with the Southern District of New York.”

The dispute is the latest controversy to surround Whitaker’s statements, as lawmakers argue along partisan lines about whether Whitaker misled Congress about his brief tenure as acting attorney general and his contacts with the president while overseeing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe.

According to Nadler, Whitaker did not refute the assertion that he was “directly involved in conversations about whether to fire one or more U.S. attorneys.” Nadler also said that Whitaker did not deny having been “involved in conversations about the scope” of the recusal of the Southern District of New York’s lead prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, from Cohen’s case — and whether the prosecutors “went too far in pursuing the campaign finance case in which Trump is Individual-1.”

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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:39 pm

CNBC: 19 blacked-out pages of Cohen search warrant suggest legal peril for Trump
Talking Points Memo: Feds Got Past Data On Where Cohen’s Cell Phones Were In Run Up To Election
USA Today: Judge orders public release of redacted documents on FBI's raid of Michael Cohen

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Post by Addie » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:51 pm

CNN
Hope Hicks to cooperate with House Democratic probe into Trump

(CNN) Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director and long-time confidante of President Donald Trump, plans to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation into potential obstruction of justice.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent Hicks a detailed letter earlier this month, asking for documents on a wide-range of topics, including over former national security adviser Michael Flynn's false statements to the FBI, the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, Trump's involvement in a hush-money scheme to silence stories about his alleged affairs and the drafting of a misleading 2017 statement to the media about Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Russians.

The request included documents from "any personal or work diary, journal or other book containing notes, a record or a description of daily events" about Trump, the Trump campaign, the Trump Organization and the executive office of the President.

Hicks and other current administration officials have agreed to provide documents to the committee, according to Nadler's spokesman Daniel Schwarz. Hicks' attorney declined to comment.

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:21 pm

Reuters
Ex-Trump aide Hicks agrees to give campaign documents to Congress

The agreement marks a step forward for the House Judiciary Committee in its probes of Trump and his inner circle, with Democrats in the U.S. Congress digging into the campaign, Trump’s turbulent presidency and his business interests.

Hicks agreed to supply the documents despite a White House directive advising her not to cooperate with the committee.

She and former White House lawyer Annie Donaldson were subpoenaed on May 21 by the Democratic-led panel as part of its inquiry into whether Trump obstructed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and contacts between Trump’s campaign team and Moscow.

The White House instructed Hicks not to turn over documents to the committee related to her time in the administration, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. The panel said White House officials issued similar instructions to Donaldson. ...

“I thank her for that show of good faith,” Nadler said in a statement that also blasted what he called Trump’s “continued obstruction of Congress.”

Nadler said: “The president has no lawful basis for preventing these witnesses from complying with our request.”

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Post by Slim Cognito » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:17 pm

Wow. Ms Hicks must be having second thoughts about...things.
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Post by Kendra » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:29 pm

Slim Cognito wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:17 pm
Wow. Ms Hicks must be having second thoughts about...things.
Or competent legal advice?

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Post by much ado » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:08 pm

Kendra wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:29 pm
Slim Cognito wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:17 pm
Wow. Ms Hicks must be having second thoughts about...things.
Or competent legal advice?
Perhaps even both. 👍

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:47 pm

CNN
Donald Trump Jr. to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors Wednesday

(CNN) Donald Trump Jr. is returning to the Senate Intelligence Committee to be interviewed behind closed doors on Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter. The appearance of the President's eldest son Wednesday comes after a lengthy and contentious fight that spilled into public view after the committee issued a subpoena to Trump Jr. and he initially balked at testifying for a second time.

Trump Jr.'s allies mounted an aggressive campaign targeting Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr for the subpoena, accusing the North Carolina Republican of helping the Democrats by continuing his committee's investigation even after special counsel Robert Mueller had wrapped up his probe. Many of those criticizing Burr included his own Senate Republican colleagues. But Burr did not back down from the subpoena, and the committee and Trump Jr. struck a deal for him to testify for two-to-four hours on roughly a half dozen topics, including the key questions the committee has for the President's eldest son about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting and the Trump Tower Moscow project. Burr declined to comment Tuesday about Trump Jr.'s appearance to CNN.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is now two years into its investigation into Russian election meddling in 2016. Burr has said the committee is nearly done with its bipartisan probe, but still has a handful of witnesses it needs to hear from. Trump Jr. initially testified before the panel in 2017, but the committee has brought back several witnesses for follow-up questions, including President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his former lawyer Michael Cohen. The committee began engaging Trump Jr. to return to the committee in December, and he initially agreed to testify voluntarily twice before postponing, leading to the panel's subpoena issued in April.

Burr has been praised by his Democratic colleagues for keeping the investigation on a bipartisan track while other congressional probes were plagued by partisan fighting. And he was praised the President for stating his committee had not found any evidence of collusion. But Trump questioned Burr's move to subpoena his son after news of it broke last month, calling it "very unfair" and retweeting on Twitter articles attacking Burr. he committee is interested in hearing again from Trump Jr. because of discrepancies between his testimony in 2017 and what other witnesses have told both the committee and the special counsel's office.

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