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Hope Hicks’ testimony ‘appears to be false’ — and Democrats have a plan to prove it: Judiciary member

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks likely lied to Congress — and Democrats have a plan to prove it, a Democrat on the House Judiciary said on MSNBC on Friday.

Anchor Peter Alexander interviewed Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) about potential perjury by Hicks, who was a close confidant of Trump during his campaign, transition, and administration.

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“It has been several months since President Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen testified that President Trump directed him to pay hush-money payments to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, but new documents muddy the waters a bit for former White House communications director Hope Hicks, who testified to the House Judiciary Committee that she had no knowledge of the payments before they were made,” Alexander reported.

“New documents show a flurry of activity, including Hicks, that has made some Democrats, like House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) want to hear from Hicks again,” he explained.

“Do you believe that Hope Hicks perjured herself?” Alexander asked.

“She didn’t tell the whole truth,” Cohen replied. “When I asked if she knew anything about the Karen McDougal or Stormy Daniels payments and she said she knew nothing about them, except what she read in the press, certainly appears to be false based on the documents.”

“Now the documents don’t say that she participated in the phone calls with Cohen and Trump, Michael Cohen that is, and Trump, but it’s hard to fathom that she was left totally out. She was very close to Trump, she was one of his confidants, she connected Trump to Cohen and dealt with it.”

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“She knew what was going on,” he concluded.

When pressed, Cohen explained how testimony from Michael Cohen could prove the case against Hicks.

“To be clear, though, Congressman, how do you prove that?” Alexander asked. “So there’s obviously evidence that there were some phone calls in which she played some part, but how can you determine what happened in those calls without that evidence?

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“Well, you need the evidence, you might need testimony from Michael Cohen of what they have,” he replied, suggesting the currently incarcerated felon could be heading back to Capitol Hill.

Cohen also explained why he believed impeachment is the appropriate remedy.

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Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

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Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."

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House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report

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Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.

"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.

"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."

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