Democrats eye new inquiries, witnesses after Cohen testimony

Donald Trump says Michael Cohen testified there was no collusion — he did not say that

President Donald Trump on Friday called on Congress to demand the "transcript" of a book manuscript written by his former lawyer Michael Cohen, which he pitched to publishers before his personal legal problems surfaced.

House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff called the closed-door session with Cohen productive and said lawmakers were able to "drill down in great detail" on issues they are investigating. Their staffers meet at least three times a week, to share information and plans. "I mean he lied about so many different things", said Trump, adding, "I was actually impressed that he didn't say, 'Well I think there was collusion'".

His comments refuting accusations of Trump's dishonesty came in a book proposal that the jail-bound attorney pitched in the days and weeks before the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office.

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized his former attorney Michael Cohen on Thursday for lying in testimony to Congress but found reason to praise him, too, for not alleging Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in 2016.

The proposal was pulled back after FBI agents raided Cohen's home and offices in April 2018 in an investigation probing the attorney's taxes and hush payments he arranged for women who claimed affairs with the president. Trump even had his attorneys review Cohen's prepared statements before delivering them to Congress.

In a series of tweets Friday morning, the president said Cohen was working on a manuscript for a book he was pushing.

Committee chairman Republican Elijah Cummings (D-MD) addresses the press after Michael Cohen testified before the House Oversight Committee in Washington, February 27, 2019.

Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen gives evidence to a Congressional committee.

Donald Trump's former personal lawyer - who was sentenced to three years in prison in December for, among a long list of things, lying to Congress - has filled up the headlines this week with his big testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee in which he declared his former boss a "con man" and "racist" who is guilty of all sorts of "illicit acts".

Weisselberg was granted immunity a year ago to testify before a federal grand jury in NY relating to the investigation into the hush money payments.

Cohen also testified privately before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

That is compared to only 32 percent of female respondents believing him to be credible, 19 percent who said he was not, and 49 percent saying they were unsure.

After Cohen, the panel intends to interview more of Trump's associates, including Trump Organization CFO Alan Weisselberg, with whom the House Oversight Committee also has expressed an interest in speaking.

In addition to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other federal prosecutors, several USA congressional committees are pursuing investigations focusing on President Donald Trump, looking at questions regarding Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election as well as the Republican president's finances.

Two of Mr Trump's most vocal defenders, politicians Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, sent a referral to the Justice Department alleging Mr Cohen lied in his testimony. To top it off, Cohen claimed under oath that Trump routinely engaged in tax and insurance fraud.

In 2017, he submitted a statement saying efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow had ceased by January 2016, when those talks in fact continued until June of that year, after Trump had clinched the Republican presidential nomination.

Without directly mentioning Cohen's specific comments about the alleged conversation, Stone said Cohen's "statement is not true".

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