Why the Latest Trump-Russia Bombshell Could Mean Impeachment | NowThis

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Published on 18 Jan 2019, 21:00
President Trump reportedly told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about his business with Russia, which, if true, would constitute obstruction of justice. Here's what you need to know.
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Trump personally told his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about Russia says a bombshell report by Buzzfeed News — here’s what you need to know:

1. Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress. Following the election, Trump ‘personally instructed Cohen to lie’ about negotiations for a Trump Tower in Moscow. While Trump campaigned on having no business interests in Russia, BuzzFeed says he ‘was pushing the Moscow project’ and expected over $300 million in profit from the deal

2. Timeline of Trump Tower Moscow talks. Cohen previously testified to Congress that negotiations on the Moscow project ended in January 2016, but a previous BuzzFeed report said Cohen and another associate worked on the deal through June 2016. Cohen also previously testified that Cohen gave Trump ‘three short briefings’ on the project. BuzzFeed sources say Cohen & Trump had at least 10 meetings about the project during the campaign.

3. Trump trip to Russia. BuzzFeed News also reports that Cohen had a plan to have then-candidate Trump to visit Russia and personally meet with President Putin during the campaign in order to encourage further negotiations on Trump Tower Moscow

“Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen. BuzzFeed News January 17, 2019

4. A family affair. Donald Trump Jr. testified to the Senate that he was only ‘peripherally aware’ of plans for the Moscow project. But BuzzFeed reports that both Ivanka and Donald Jr. received regular ‘very detailed updates’ from Cohen about the project. Ivanka Trump even told Cohen to speak to a Russian athlete who could potentially help with the project and recommended an architect for a spa she was set to manage.

5. Cause for impeachment? If true, Trump’s direction to Cohen to lie is obstruction of justice and is a federal crime, the same federal crime that the House Judiciary Committee filed the first article of impeachment against President Nixon in 1974. Senior House lawmakers have vowed to investigate.

‘Directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime. The House Judiciary Committee’s job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work.’ — Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), House Judiciary Chair

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