Emboldened by their hatred of President Donald Trump, Democrats are making little pretense about going after President Donald Trump now that they control the House of Representative.
Despite the veracity of a BuzzFeed report that Trump instructed then-personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress — an impeachable offense — being called into question in rather spectacular fashion, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday he will “absolutely” investigate the claim.
Schiff, a fierce Trump critic, appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to dismiss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office making a rare exception to publicly knock down the Buzzfeed story, speculating that the action was likely because the special counsel has its own motivations regarding future testimony from Cohen.
“Congress has a fundamental interest in two things,” Schiff said. “First, in getting to the bottom of why a witness who came before us lied, and who else was knowledgeable that this was a lie.”
The remarkable statement from Mueller’s office read:
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”
Given what they perceived to be an “in” to launching a congressional investigation of President Trump, in addition to Mueller’s probe, is proving to be too enticing for Democrats to let go of, even if the reason behind it has been debunked.
All of which sounds eerily like the unverified Steele dossier, which was also published by Buzzfeed.
Schiff said Cohen has been asked to appear before his committee either voluntarily, or by subpoena if necessary.
In further proof that Democrats are weaponizing the lower chamber of Congress against the president, Schiff openly speculated on what-ifs to further justify their planned investigation.
He said Democrats need to “do our own investigation” because Trump’s attorney general pick, William Barr, would not commit to making Mueller’s final report public.
“We need to do our own investigations because at the end of the day if the Justice Department tries to stonewall the release of that report for whatever reason, the American people are going to need to know what happened,” he said.
But then, the California Democrat was talking about investigating Trump before the ink was dry on the faulty Buzzfeed article.
“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. We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true,” Schiff tweeted on Thursday.
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. We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true. https://t.co/GljBAFqOjh
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 18, 2019
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