WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi eschewed discussion of impeachment one day after President Donald Trump’s former attorney and personal “fixer” Michael Cohen gave riveting testimony to a congressional panel.
“Impeachment is a divisive issue in our country. Let us see what the facts are and what the law is and what the behavior is of the president,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a news conference on Thursday.
Cohen testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in open session for eight hours on Wednesday.
Cohen said then-candidate Trump was aware that campaign adviser Roger Stone had spoken with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about email drops prior to the organization publishing hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Cohen said he received $130,000 in reimbursement from Trump for having paid adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged extramarital affair.
Cohen said that he had not been truthful during his 2017 testimony to the House and Senate Intelligence committees about the date Trump ceased negotiating a planned Trump Tower project in Moscow.
Cohen said Trump is under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York but declined to provide specifics.
Republicans on the committee charged that Democrats arranged the hearing to lay the groundwork for impeachment proceedings. They questioned why Cohen, who last November pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, should now be believed.
Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) told reporters Wednesday evening that he found Cohen’s testimony credible.
Cummings pushed back against Republican claims of impeachment facilitation, noting none of the Democrats on the committee even broached the subject.