Will Government Investigate Buzzfeed Scandal?
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House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) recently appeared on CBS, where he stated that they intend to “absolutely” investigate a report by Buzzfeed that insists President Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie to congress.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has since disputed the report.

Partial transcript as follows:

MARGARET BRENNAN: How do you interpret the special counsel’s statement that seemed to challenge some of the reporting in BuzzFeed that the president directed his attorney to lie to Congress about some business dealings in Russia?

ADAM SCHIFF: Well I assume that this was prompted by the reaction to that BuzzFeed report. But also it may have to do with the special counsel’s wanting to be able to use Michael Cohen as a witness in further prosecutions and wanted to make sure that the public didn’t have a perception that he was saying more than he was saying at least to the special counsel. But, Margaret, I think we need to pay particular attention to what we do know from the special counsel that was not included in this statement yesterday. What we do know from the special counsel is that Michael Cohen has shared information about core matters of the Russian investigation that he learned from people associated with the Trump Organization, the business organization. We also know from the special counsel that he has shared information about his communications with people associated with the White House during 2017 and 2018. Now is that period during 2017 and 2018 that Michael Cohen was making false statements publicly and to Congress and initially the special counsel about the Trump Tower deal. So there is a lot more to learn.

BRENNAN: Are you still going to investigate the claims?
SCHIFF: Absolutely, absolutely. Congress has a fundamental interest in two things first in getting to the bottom of why a witness came before us and lied and who else was knowledgeable that this was a lie.
BRENNAN: And you will be asking questions of Michael Cohen?
SCHIFF: Yes we’ve–
BRENNAN: He’ll be appearing before your committee?
SCHIFF: –given Michael Cohen a date that we’d like him to come in either voluntarily or if necessary by subpoena. But the- the other reason why we have to get to the bottom of this is Bill Barr testified last week that he would not commit to following the advice of ethics lawyers if they urged him to recuse himself and he would not commit to making the Mueller report public. Now either one of those ought to be reasons not to confirm him, but the combination of both should be completely disqualifying.
BRENNAN: Would you subpoena the report in order to make it public?

SCHIFF: We will do everything necessary to make the report public but more than that, because they will fight us on this, 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, and we’re going to have to press forth. You know the very reason that Bill Barr gave for wanting to be attorney general that he could help bring a credible resolution to this investigation and ensure confidence in the Justice Department will be impossible given that the public knows he was chosen for his hostility to the investigation. He’s refusing to commit to following the ethics advice and should he attempt to bury any part of this report there’s no way that a majority– majority of Americans will have confidence in the result.
BRENNAN: If- if the president knew Michael Cohen was going to lie to Congress but didn’t explicitly tell him to lie, is that a problem for you? Is there something you can do about that? What is that classified as? Is that obstruction of justice?

SCHIFF: Well if the president knew that a witness was going to lie before Congress but played no role in urging him to lie before Congress, I don’t know that it would be a crime, it certainly would be unethical, but this president has done a lot of things that are deeply unethical. But the- the- the question remains and Rudy Giuliani I guess this morning said that he’s not writing off the possibility that the president did talk to Michael Cohen about his testimony or that others may have as well. And we need to know exactly what those conversations were. They’re certainly not protected by any kind of a privilege. And if anyone was instructing – whether it was the president or other people affiliated with the White House or the Trump Organization – encouraging a witness to lie, we need to know about it. And I will say one other thing. We know that the president’s public statements have been false as it pertains to his business dealings with Russia. And so the combination of his public falsehoods with false testimony before Congress certainly contributes to a picture of obstruction of justice.

10 comments
  1. So why in the heck would anybody believe what Cohen has to say because all that comes from out of his mouth are all lies!!!

  2. Schiff would investigate his mother if he thought her testimony could help. What do the people of this country have to do to get Congress to quit wasting tax payers monies on trying to find something on Trump so they can say “I told you he did something wrong’ It is a sick unhinged use of government positons and funds to search for anything they can find against a citizen and legally elected official. This man is obsessed as are so many Progressive Socialist Communist Jack Ass’s.

  3. Well Michael Cohen has proven himself to be, and admitted it, a big liar. So how much can anyone believe about anything Michael Cohen says?

    But Adam Schiff said, before the appointment of Mueller as the Special Counsel, that he had absolute and undeniable proof of President Trump’s collusion with the Russians to affect and win the Presidential election of 2016. Yet today Adam Schiff has not provided anyone with that proof, especially not the Special Counsel. So knowing how much Adam Schiff hates President Trump, and has actually said how he wants to impeach him, why hasn’t he produced this absolute and undeniable proof of President Trump’s collusion with the Russians, or did he lie about having it?

    Knowing how Adam Schiff hates President Trump and wants him impeached, it’s quite obvious that Adam Schiff doesn’t have what he claimed he had about President Trump concerning Russian collusion, and therefore lied, just like Michael Cohen has. So how much can anyone believe about anything Adam Schiff says, especially concerning President Trump?

    What is good for the Goose, is also good for the Gander, as all “HYPOCRITES” and liars need to be, and should be, exposed to the American people, so we can understand why and where all these lies and “Fake News” are coming from.

  4. This petty stuff is so damn petty! Let’s put out the criminal things that Barack Hussein and Hillary Rhodam did! It will make you puke!

  5. does anything he ever says make even the remotest sense,just the last section about if he new he was gonna lie but trump hypothetically does in form them ,sheeeessh is schiff kidding how does he get let outside without a helmet.it seems that from day one that trump has mentioned cohens lack of veracity,but now schiff is making up imaginary scenarios that aren’t even illegal ….old shifty is losing it

    1. How do idiots as big as Schiff ever get elected. Go ahead, moron, spend all your capital on investigating myths and and lies. Your constituents will see you are a nothing and replace you. Every damn Dimwit should be replaced. We deserve a government that works for THE PEOPLE, not for their hateful self interests.

      1. Mr. Schiff & the rest of the Democrats are nothing but liars! The fact that so many of the Dems. & MSM are “running on this story” some of them saying, “If he’s guilty,” is pathetic!! You don’t go by your “feelings,” you go by facts!!!” Where are your morals & ethics?! You have none!!

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