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 House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) arrives for a Democratic caucus meeting in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

To Get Beyond "If True" Caveat, Democrats Vow to Investigate Trump's "Potentially Impeachable Offense"

"We know that the President has engaged in a long pattern of obstruction. Directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime."

Jake Johnson

In order to get beyond the "if true" caveat that followed Buzzfeed's explosive report that President Donald Trump personally instructed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, top Democrats on powerful congressional committees vowed to investigate the serious allegations in the story amid growing calls for impeachment proceedings.

"If this report is true, Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice—a felony and a potentially impeachable offense."
—Sen. Bernie Sanders
Declaring in a tweet on Friday that "[d]irecting a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime," Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)—chairman of the House Judiciary Committee—promised to use the resources at his committee's disposal to find out whether the reporting is accurate.

"We know that the president has engaged in a long pattern of obstruction," Nadler wrote. "The House Judiciary Committee's job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work."

House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also vowed to launch an investigation into the claims in the Buzzfeed report, which the White House denied.

"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," declared Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. "We will do what's necessary to find out if it's true."

According to Buzzfeed, which cited two anonymous law enforcement officials, Cohen told special counsel Robert Mueller that "the president personally instructed him to lie—by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did—in order to obscure Trump's involvement" in negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

While analysts approached Buzzfeed's report with caution given that it is based primarily on the claims of two unnamed officials, legal experts and progressive commentators argued that if the story is true, it is grounds for impeachment.

In a tweet on Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) applauded House Democrats for quickly promising to investigate the allegations in Buzzfeed's story.

"If this report is true, Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice—a felony and a potentially impeachable offense," Sanders wrote. "I am glad that the House will be investigating this serious issue."


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'We WILL Fight Back': Outrage, Resolve as Protests Erupt Against SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

Demonstrators took to the streets Friday to defiantly denounce the Supreme Court's right-wing supermajority after it rescinded a constitutional right for the first time in U.S. history.

Brett Wilkins ·


80+ US Prosecutors Vow Not to Be Part of Criminalizing Abortion Care

"Criminalizing and prosecuting individuals who seek or provide abortion care makes a mockery of justice," says a joint statement signed by 84 elected attorneys. "Prosecutors should not be part of that."

Kenny Stancil ·


Progressives Rebuke Dem Leadership as Clyburn Dismisses Death of Roe as 'Anticlimactic'

"The gap between the Democratic leadership, and younger progressives on the question of 'How Bad Is It?' is just enormous."

Julia Conley ·


In 10 Key US Senate Races, Here's How Top Candidates Responded to Roe Ruling

While Republicans unanimously welcomed the Supreme Court's rollback of half a century of reproductive rights, one Democrat said "it's just wrong that my granddaughter will have fewer freedoms than my grandmother did."

Brett Wilkins ·


Sanders Says End Filibuster to Combat 'Outrageous' Supreme Court Assault on Abortion Rights

"If Republicans can end the filibuster to install right-wing judges to overturn Roe v. Wade, Democrats can and must end the filibuster, codify Roe v. Wade, and make abortion legal and safe," said the Vermont senator.

Jake Johnson ·

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