The testimony from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, was released Monday, only to reveal that Donald Trump Jr. knew about the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations and mislead Congress. The information also revealed that Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow was well aware that he was asking Cohen to commit perjury and allegedly instructed him to do it.
But biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston predicted the president’s namesake will likely get away with it.
“Well, Michael Cohen says quite clearly that he gave false testimony and that Jay Sekulow, who is currently the president’s lawyer, knew about it and advised him to do it,” Johnston recounted. “His law license may be in jeopardy. It certainly says Congress needs to be asking more about what exactly went on with the Trump Tower deal and why they were so desperate to tell so many different stories in an effort to make it go away.”
Cuomo read directly from the transcript released by Congress:
The Chairman: So (Donald Trump Jr.) had more than a passing familiarity that you were working on the project?
Mr. Cohen: Yes, because we talked about if the project got going it would be a fun place for us to go.
“Nothing can be built on the exchange to implicate Don Jr.’s legal liability,” said Michael Zeldin.
When asked about the project, Trump Jr. said that he was “peripherally aware of it.”
“I didn’t dismiss it nor did Trump Jr.,” said legal analyst Harry Litman. “He thought he was going to be indicted over this and he has avoided testifying about it since. But Mueller already saw it and decided to pass and if Congress wants to go after Trump Jr. for this, they’re going to have to go through the Justice Department and likely they’re going to get a stone wall saying, ‘been there and done that. Move along.'”
Johnston went on to say that Sekulow was aware that what he was suggesting was illegal. Litman cut in to say that this could be a “crime/fraud exception” to the attorney-client privilege.
CNN analyst has a question for Dems: ‘How low will Trump have to go for you to impeach him?’
Following a day of bombshell reports on the rapidly-growing scandal involving President Donald Trump and Ukraine, a CNN analyst wondered it will take for House Democrats to impeach the commander-in-chief.
Earlier on Friday, in an interview with NPR, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was still not in favor of impeaching Trump.
CNN analyst and New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali wondered what -- if anything -- could result in Speaker Pelosi backing impeachment.
CNN’s Jim Acosta busts Trump’s whistleblower lies: ‘Just not answering questions in a straightforward fashion’
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The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."
Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress
Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.
Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.
"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."