Democratic members of the US Congress have called for the dismissal or suspension of President Donald Trump amid press reports that he exhorted former attorney Michael Cohen to lie in Congress on a controversial real estate project in Russia, according to Mediafax.
Sources quoted on the BuzzFeed News website said Donald Trump had asked Michael Cohen to lie at congressional hearings on talks with Russia about building a tower in Moscow.
Donald Trump's current attorney, Rudy Giuliani, seemed to refuse speculation: "If you believe in Cohen, I can organize a good deal on the Brooklyn Bridge …"
Michael Cohen should be heard on the topic in the House of Representatives on 7 February.
Democratic opposition politicians, who hold a majority in the House of Representatives, drew attention to the fact that it could be a clear case of obstruction of justice. "If the president has ordered Michael Cohen to lie in Congress, it is a question of hindering justice," said Democratic MP David Cicilline, quoted by Politico.com.
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"It is a question of obstructing justice," replied Democratic MEP Ted Lieu.
"If the press information is true, President Trump has to resign or be suspended," Congressman Joaquin Castro, quoted by Huffington Post, said.
In December 2018, President Donald Trump reiterated his innocence, saying that it had nothing to do with the crimes committed by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, sentenced to three years in prison. "Michael Cohen is guilty of many crimes that have no relationship with me". He wanted to put the president in a negative position to get a small conviction, which happened, "Donald Trump said via Twitter." I never ordered Michael Cohen to break the law: he was a lawyer and he should know the laws, " the counseling attorney ", and a lawyer has a great responsibility if a mistake is made. they are paid, "said Trump.
Michael Cohen, a former US lawyer Donald Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2018. Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to having lied to Congress about a Russian real estate project in an investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election. In addition, Cohen was found guilty of involvement in payments made by Donald Trump to two women with whom he had relationships.
Michael Cohen admitted he made false statements during the US Congress hearings. In September 2017, Michael Cohen spoke to the Information Committee of the United States Senate on the real estate project called Trump Tower in Moscow. Donald Trump's lawyer said that "the project ended in January 2016", before the election for the Republican candidate in the US presidential elections.
In August 2018, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to other allegations of federal offenses involving his taxi companies, bank frauds and collaboration with Donald Trump's election team.