Ex-White House counsel calls Robert Mueller ‘American hero’

Ex-White House counsel calls Robert Mueller ‘American hero’

Ex-White House counsel calls Robert Mueller ‘American hero’

Cohen pleaded guilty November 29 in the special counsel's investigation to lying to Congress in 2017 about the extent of his efforts to secure a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Cohen also said he was told by Trump to lie to reporters about the president's knowledge of the payments.

Beginning a sweeping investigation that could shadow Trump as he runs for re-election, the panel sent letters to 81 people asking a flurry of questions about Trump's activities before and after he was elected president.

The administration approach was on display this week as White House counsel Pat Cipollone pushed back against a request from the House Oversight and Reform Committee for documents related to security clearances for White House officials.

The US intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election, and that Putin ordered the influence campaign as a way to help elect Trump.

Tlaib downplayed any differences with House Democratic leaders, saying, "when I speak to leadership they constantly remind me I have to represent my district".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called it "a disgraceful and abusive investigation into exhausted, false allegations already investigated by the special counsel and committees in both Chambers of Congress".

During his public testimony last week, Cohen talked about how lawyers for the president reviewed his statement and made changes.

The outlet further noted that the majority of the document requests have been handed out to people or entities who are in a way involved in coverage of the Russian Federation scandal.

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Calling Trump "a racist, a con man and a cheat", Cohen painted a picture of Trump as a person who is literally a walking, talking criminal enterprise. "[The] January date for Trump Tower was in Cohen's original draft and was not edited by lawyers", said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of Cohen's testimony.

Lanny Davis, a Cohen representative, did not immediately return a request for comment.

But since then, Davis said, Cohen has been clear that he wouldn't accept a pardon.

The committee interview Cohen last week, and the chairman, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said afterward that lawmakers asked Cohen to bring additional documents for his second day of interviews.

Nadler said Sunday on ABC News' "The Week" that House Democrats "have to lay" impeachment information "out for the American people and we can't depend on the Mueller investigation for this".

The intelligence committee investigation is one of several probes Democrats have launched in recent weeks as they delve deeper into Trump's political and personal dealings.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said his panel was beginning the probe into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power and is sending document requests to 81 people linked to the president and his associates. Trump at the time had denied any links to Russian Federation but has since defended the proposed tower project, which never materialized.

Federal prosecutors in NY have said Trump directed Cohen to arrange the payments to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in the run-up to the 2016 campaign. He said the president arranged to reimburse Cohen, and Cohen took to the hearing a check that he said was proof of the transaction.

He added: "You know, the handsome thing?"

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