House Democrats wasted no time in promising to fully probe new allegations that President Trump directed his then-attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about how long he worked in pursuit of a deal to bring a Trump Tower to Moscow.
Several members of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees have announced their intentions to launch investigations into the revelations.
Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) tweeted following the release of the new BuzzFeed report on the development, vowing his committee will “do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.”
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. https://t.co/GljBAFqOjh
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 18, 2019
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who leads the House Judiciary Committee, made a similar promise to “get to the bottom” of what transpired.
We know that the President has engaged in a long pattern of obstruction. Directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime. The @HouseJudiciary Committee’s job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work.
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) January 18, 2019
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said the report provided enough evidence to prove collusion. When asked whether the intelligence committee he sits on would dive into the revelations, Swalwell told Buzzfeed: “Oh yes, it will be.”
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 18, 2019
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), also on the Judiciary Committee, said the report confirms Trump “committed Obstruction of Justice and other possible felonies” and said his committee should start “holding hearings” to determine whether the President committed “high crimes.”
Based on the Buzzfeed report and numerous other articles showing @realDonaldTrump committed Obstruction of Justice and other possible felonies, it is time for the House Judiciary Committee to start holding hearings to establish a record of whether @POTUS committed high crimes.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 18, 2019
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), who serves on the Intelligence Committee, took it one step further: If the report is true, Trump’s toast.
If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached.
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) January 18, 2019