President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen will go before the House Intelligence Committee either voluntarily or “by subpoena,” panel chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Sunday.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Schiff said his panel will “absolutely” investigate a BuzzFeed News report claiming President Donald Trump told him to lie to Congress about the timeline of negotiations to build Trump Tower Moscow.
Special counsel Robert Mueller knocked down the story as “not accurate.”
“Congress has as 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,” he said. “We’ve given Michael Cohen a date that we'd like him to come in either voluntarily or if necessary by subpoena.”
Cohen was sentenced last month to three years in jail for lying about his boss’ business dealings in Russia and funneling hush money to two women who said they had sex with Trump.
Schiff said if Trump knew Cohen was going to lie to Congress, but didn’t urge him to do so, “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,” he said, adding: “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. “
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