President Trump may want nothing to do with Michael Cohen, but House Democrats will gladly welcome the embattled attorney back to Capitol Hill.
Lawmakers said they’d like Trump’s former lawyer to join them for another round of questioning after he pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress about Russian contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
As the new Congress begins, these developments make clear that my colleagues and I must step in and provide accountability,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. “No one is above the law, not even the President, and our job will be to check his impulse to abuse his office to protect himself.”
Nadler is slated to be the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee when Congress reconvenes in January.
Cohen, once one of Trump’s closest aides, admitted to pursuing a Russian real estate project on the President’s behalf well into the 2016 campaign and said Thursday in court he lied to Congress to about the deal to protect Trump.
Cohen’s guilty plea proves that critics of the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference must “face the reality” that Robert Mueller’s team of investigators seem to be “closing in” on Trump, Nadler said. He also called on his colleagues in Congress to protect Mueller from the President.
“We must allow this investigation to run its course without interference from the President or his allies on Capitol Hill,” he added.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Dem on the House Intelligence Committee, said Cohen’s plea raises the specter that others have also misled lawmakers.
“Today’s charges make clear that Cohen not only misled the House Intelligence Committee in the referenced August 28, 2017 statement but also during his October 24, 2017 testimony before our Committee,” he said. “Mr. Cohen’s plea today also highlights concern over another issue – that we believe other witnesses were also untruthful before our committee.”
Schiff invited Cohen back to Congress to amend his testimony and assist Dems in digging into the President’s potentially questionable connections to the Kremlin.