Democrats now believe they have what they need to begin the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
And the truth is that if the new report from Buzzfeed is accurate there is almost no way to avoid impeaching the president.
It would also be likely that the Republican Senate would even vote to remove President Trump from office.
But the question is, is there any evidence that President Trump instructed his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress other than the word of Cohen, a convicted felon.
Even CNN reported that it could not corroborate the report on President Trump and Cohen.
President Donald Trump personally directed his longtime former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project, two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter told BuzzFeed.
The law enforcement officials told BuzzFeed that Trump directed Cohen to claim negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended months earlier than they actually did. The law enforcement sources told BuzzFeed that Cohen confirmed to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team that Trump issued the order to lie to Congress.
CNN has not corroborated the BuzzFeed report.
Mueller’s office learned Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization, internal company emails, text messages and other documents, Buzzfeed reports.
When asked for comment, Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN, “If you believe Cohen I can get you a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge.”
Cohen declined to comment to BuzzFeed, as did a spokesperson for the special counsel’s office.
Trump supported a plan to personally visit Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, BuzzFeed reports, to personally meet with President Vladimir Putin to negotiate. According to BuzzFeed, Trump said to Cohen, “Make it happen.”
Democrats called for further investigation of the allegations, with Rep. Adam Schiff, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, saying the allegation was “among the most serious to date.”
“We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true,” he tweeted Thursday.
Eric Holder, former attorney general under President Barack Obama, tweeted early Friday morning on Buzzfeed’s report: “If true – and proof must be examined – Congress must begin impeachment proceedings and Barr must refer, at a minimum, the relevant portions of material discovered by Mueller. This is a potential inflection point.”
The law enforcement sources familiar with Cohen’s testimony to Mueller’s office told BuzzFeed that the President, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. received regular, detailed updates from Cohen about the Moscow project.
A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump’s attorney told BuzzFeed she was “only minimally involved” in the project.
“Ms. Trump did not know about this proposal until after a nonbinding letter of intent had been signed, never talked to anyone outside the Organization about the proposal, never visited the prospective project site and, even internally, was only minimally involved,” Peter Mirijanian told BuzzFeed.