Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Donald Trump Told His Lawyer To Lie To Congress About Moscow Tower

Donald Trump Told His Lawyer To Lie To Congress About Moscow Tower

Cohen, who was Trump's personal lawyer and fixer for years, pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about the proposed Trump real estate project in Russian Federation and the extent of the president's involvement in and knowledge of that deal.

Update: The special counsel's office has criticized the BuzzFeed report.

Democratic lawmakers have intensified their calls for Trump's impeachment in the wake of these new claims, which are the gravest yet leveled against the president.

President Donald Trump has denied a BuzzFeed report that he instructed Michael Cohen to lie about the Moscow Trump Tower plan.

However, when asked by CNN's John Berman if he has evidence to prove Trump told Cohen to lie, Cicilline said "we've all seen the conduct of the president". The startling new twist is that the president, according to two law enforcement sources, directed him to do it.

In a statement Friday night, BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal says the news organization is trying to figure out what Mueller's team is taking issue with.

Carlson played audio from earlier Friday of Buzzfeed reporter Anthony Cormier, who said his sources are "rock solid" and that he stood behind this story "one hundred percent".

While Mueller's spokesman stopped short of declaring the article false in its entirety, he disputed portions of the story that appear to go to the heart of the allegations made against Trump. BuzzFeed also said Mueller learned about the directive to lie from "interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents".

The extraordinary statement from Mueller's office came after Democrats had vowed to investigate whether the report was true, calling that possibility a "concern of the greatest magnitude".

In December, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for those lies and unrelated financial crimes.

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Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and Trump's new attorney, called Cohen's statement "bulls-", according to WSJ.

The special counsel is investigating alleged Russian interference in the USA presidential election and whether Trump campaign figures were complicit - a claim repeatedly denied by Mr Trump.

Representative Ted Lieu tweeted that the story established a "clear case of Obstruction of Justice, a felony".

If Mr Trump received updates about Cohen's dealings with top Kremlin officials in a project that Mr Mueller's team says could have made him "hundreds of millions of dollars", the president's calls for camaraderie with Russian Federation may have served his personal interest instead of a patriotic one.

That project never came to pass, but Cohen pleaded guilty a year ago to lying to Congress about the matter. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) applauded House Democrats for quickly promising to investigate the allegations in Buzzfeed's story.

One of Gidley's interviewers noted at one point: "That was not a denial of my question".

The news site said its anonymous sources were also "involved in an investigation of the matter".

The Washington Post has not independently verified the report, on which congressional Republicans have largely remained silent.

Davis was addressing different remarks by Trump, including a tweet Friday written in response to a BuzzFeed story Thursday that said the president had directed Cohen, his former personal attorney, to lie about to Congress about Trump's involvement with a Moscow real estate project during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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