President Donald Trump reportedly told his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, reports BuzzFeed News:
Cohen also told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.
The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.
Neal Katyal, a former acting Solicitor General, told CNN that if the report is true, then Trump is guilty of suborning perjury, a crime that is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Twitter users greeted the news report enthusiastically:
— Kevin Levesque (@kevinjlevesque) January 18, 2019
Nixon was literally impeached for thishttps://t.co/d4xaqg7vrC
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 18, 2019
Raise your hands if you’ve heard this in the past 2 years: this latest bombshell is it for Trump, this changes everything, there’s no going back, he can’t recover, Republicans will abandon him, he’s reached the bottom.
Right? It will get bottomer. Have faith.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 18, 2019
If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached.
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) January 18, 2019
Pretty much the last chance for the GOP to decide whether it’s an actual party or a nihilistic personality cult. I fear we’ve long known the answer. https://t.co/7dRrW02Hym
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 18, 2019
I see your 18 U.S.C. § 2(a), and raise you 18 U.S.C. § 1622:
“Whoever procures another to commit any perjury is guilty of subornation of perjury, and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”https://t.co/44GxvERgVx https://t.co/PyjFR3Y7zE
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) January 18, 2019
What’s that thing when it’s the crime AND the coverup? https://t.co/JAxDpQLcwB
— Nick Wing (@nickpwing) January 18, 2019
Don’t expect an awkward, Nixon-style goodbye. He’s going to make you think Watergate was a cakewalk.
— Paul Musgrave (@profmusgrave) January 18, 2019
— amy brown (@arb) January 18, 2019
— Regina Fellangi (@andiemcdonagh) January 18, 2019
Trump’s only hope now is that the BuzzFeed story is wrong
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) January 18, 2019
This is a very important report. IF IT IS TRUE, this is evidence remarkably similar to evidence used to build the impeachment counts against Clinton and Nixon. Both Clinton and Nixon encouraged witnesses to make false statements under oath: https://t.co/FCDRrUhJYk pic.twitter.com/Q4Yu7QPtWC
— David French (@DavidAFrench) January 18, 2019
Gotta think this would be bad for Trump if literally anything mattered https://t.co/TSu6rKAWvO
— Russell Steinberg (@Russ_Steinberg) January 18, 2019
“If a President…suborns perjury, or induces a witness to change testimony, or commits any act deliberately impairing the integrity of available evidence, then he, like anyone else, commits the crime of obstruction.” — William Barr https://t.co/LziXcdoaTQ
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) January 18, 2019
If this is true, it seems like a pretty straightforward crime. And then the only question left would be whether this is still a nation of laws.
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 18, 2019
Important fact in article: SCO “learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the TO & internal company emails, text messages, & a cache of other documents.” This isn’t just based on Cohen, they have the goods. https://t.co/3iT7u78JFw
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) January 18, 2019
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) January 18, 2019
If I were Trump, Ivanka or Don Jr, this would make my blood run cold:
“The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through…internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents.”
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 18, 2019
Why is Trump still in office?
— Representation Without Taxation (@johnmbusher) January 18, 2019
If true, he’s done: President Trump Directed His Attorney To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project https://t.co/B7fbVMIONW via @jasonleopold @MSNBC @BWilliams @11thHour @NicolleDWallace @DeadlineWH @NBCInvestigates @NBCNews
— Frank Figliuzzi (@FrankFigliuzzi1) January 18, 2019
So let me get this straight. The president of the United States suborned perjured testimony before the United States Congress. When do impeachment proceedings begin? This is the last straw. Trump needs to be gone yesterday. The man is a menace to the Republic. Enough dammit!
— Salim Sivaad (@SalimSivaad) January 18, 2019
I mean everything feels like a bombshell and we are all numb but I’m pretty sure if this story is true it’s – I’m going to be careful with my words here – something that congress must investigate thoroughly.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 18, 2019
At this point, Giuliani’s credibility is even lower than Cohen’s. https://t.co/tgppFXmQsS
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) January 18, 2019
— Andrew Chen (@aychenblog) January 18, 2019
This sounds like conspiracy to commit/suborning perjury. And of course, there are others in Trump’s orbit who testified as well. There could be a lot more shoes dropping here.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 18, 2019
William Barr said the president coaching a witness to give false testimony or to conceal evidence would be obstruction of justice.
— Brian Tashman (@briantashman) January 18, 2019
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