Democratic lawmakers are calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment if a Buzzfeed News story claiming Trump suborned perjury in directing Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney, to lie during his congressional testimony turns out to be true.
Those lies pertained to a real estate deal Trump was pursuing during the 2016 presidential election and were first acknowledged by Cohen as untrue last year.
The Independent rounded up tweets from various lawmakers who have addressed the issue on social media.
Several Democrats have urged Congress to seek clarification of what information the special counsel may hold on the matter, with one calling for Mr Trump to be removed if the claims, first published by Buzzfeed News, are proven.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
California representative Adam Schiff said Congress would “do what’s necessary” to find out if the contents of the report were true.
“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,” he added.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX)
“If the @BuzzFeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached,” Texas congressman Joaquin Castro wrote on Twitter.
Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CN)
“If Mueller does have multiple sources confirming Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress, then we need to know this ASAP,” he said.
“Mueller shouldn't end his inquiry, but it's about time for him to show Congress his cards before it's too late for us to act.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)
Lieu called upon the House Judiciary Committee to investigate potential illegal activity on the part of the president.
“This stunning Trump Tower Moscow story establishes a clear case of Obstruction of Justice, a felony. I've lost count now how many times @realDonaldTrump has engaged in Obstruction of Justice,” he added on Twitter.
According to the Buzzfeed report, Trump personally directed Cohen to lie about the Trump Tower Moscow project his company had been pursuing during the campaign — a deal Cohen told Congress had been dropped after Trump won the Republican nomination in early 2016.
In reality, that deal was pursued through at least July of 2016, and Cohen had kept Trump in the loop on at least three occasions. The former Trump attorney admitted he lied in a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, but at the time there was no revelation that the president had been involved.
Buzzfeed also reported that Cohen’s word is not Mueller’s only evidence of Trump’s involvement, the Independent noted: “Sources said the investigation had been able to corroborate Cohen’s assertions using interviews with additional witnesses from inside the Trump Organisation, as well as information in internal emails, text messages and other documents.”