UPDATE 8:16pm EST: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office has issued a statement disputing the report.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 19, 2019
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump lashed out at his former attorney and personal “fixer” Michael Cohen following the publication of a report that said he directed Cohen to lie to Congress.
Kevin Corke, @FoxNews “Don’t forget, Michael Cohen has already been convicted of perjury and fraud, and as recently as this week, the Wall Street Journal has suggested that he may have stolen tens of thousands of dollars….” Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019
BuzzFeed reported Thursday that the president directed Cohen to lie to the House and Senate Intelligence committees about a planned Trump-brand property in Moscow. Cohen spoke with the committees behind closed-doors last year.
BuzzFeed spoke with two law enforcement officials familiar with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
The White House has yet to deny the report.
Congressional Democrats have said they want answers.
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
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
Cohen is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7.
Last November, Cohen pleaded guilty to one of count of lying to Congress, acknowledging he misled lawmakers about the planned Moscow project.
Six months earlier Cohen pleaded guilty to two campaign finance violations for payments he arranged for two women in exchange for their silence over alleged affairs with Trump. Cohen told prosecutors that he delivered them at the behest of the then-candidate.