- Democrats are discussing impeaching President Donald Trump after BuzzFeed News published a bombshell report on Thursday.
- The report described two federal law-enforcement officials as saying Trump told Michael Cohen, his former personal lawyer, to lie to Congress.
- Many Democratic members of Congress said on Twitter that if the allegations in the report are true then Trump should resign or be impeached.
There were growing calls on Friday from Democrats for impeachment proceedings to begin against President Donald Trump after a bombshell BuzzFeed News report that he told Michael Cohen, his former longtime lawyer and fixer, to lie to Congress.
Citing two federal law-enforcement officials, BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday that the president told Cohen to be dishonest in his testimony to Congress about his involvement in an ultimately failed plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Multiple Democratic members of Congress and other prominent figures associated with the party have discussed the prospect of impeachment in the wake of the article.
Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, on Friday tweeted that “if the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached.”
Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley echoed Castro, tweeting, “If this report of Trump suborning false testimony is confirmed, then Trump committed a felony and must resign or be impeached.”
In an almost identical tweet, Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth said, “If true, which it appears to be, the @BuzzFeedNews report that Trump suborned perjury is an impeachable offence, and the House should begin the process.”
Similarly, former Attorney General Eric Holder, who has signalled that he might run for president in 2020, said in a tweet that if the allegations in the report are true then “Congress must begin impeachment proceedings,” adding, “This is a potential inflection point.”
Meanwhile, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal told CNN that “if these facts are corroborated,” he didn’t “see how Congress can do anything else but commence an investigation into impeachment.”
"If these facts are corroborated, … I don't see how Congress can do anything else but commence an investigation into impeachment," says Neal Katyal, a former acting Solicitor General. "Not prejudge the outcome, but I think they got to launch that investigation." pic.twitter.com/6VfetmKQ1n
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) January 18, 2019
Some Democrats didn’t directly say Trump should be impeached but still called for the allegations in the report to be promptly investigated.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted: “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. We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.”
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a tweet that because the BuzzFeed News report and “numerous other articles” seemed to show Trump obstructed justice and might have committed other felonies, it was therefore “time for the House Judiciary Committee to start holding hearings to establish a record of whether @POTUS committed high crimes.”
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who’s been pegged as a potential 2020 candidate, called on the Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia’s election interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow, to let Congress know “ASAP” if he had “multiple sources confirming Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress.”
“Mueller shouldn’t end his inquiry,” Murphy added, “but it’s about time for him to show Congress his cards before it’s too late for us to act.”
On Friday night, Mueller’s office issued a rare statement disputing BuzzFeed News’ report, but did not go into specifics.
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.
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