Published: Sat, March 02, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

House Democrat: Sean Hannity Should Testify After Challenging Michael Cohen’s Claims

House Democrat: Sean Hannity Should Testify After Challenging Michael Cohen’s Claims

Mr Cohen completed a third day of testimony on Capitol Hill on Thursday, one day after publicly branding his former boss a racist and a conman who lied about business dealings in Russian Federation and directed him to hide extramarital relationships.

The House Intelligence Committee said it anticipates bringing in for questioning the Trump Organisation's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.

Cohen spent three days on Capitol Hill this week in a dramatic series of public and private hearings in which he apologized for previously lying to lawmakers and divulged what he said Trump knew about financial infractions and Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

As Matthew Gertz of Media Matters points out, Trump only wrote that the news of the book was "just revealed" because it was featured on Carlson's show Thursday night.

Sater, who worked with Cohen on the project while Trump was running for president, has said he and Cohen at one point talked about giving a 50 million US dollars penthouse to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a way to justify raising the prices of other units in the envisioned tower.

Although the plan did not come to fruition, Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in prison for crimes that included lying to Congress about the duration and timeline of discussions over the Trump Tower Moscow project.

One of many striking moments in Cohen's testimony occurred when he was asked about making threats on behalf of Trump.

The referral repeatedly says Cohen multiple times undermined his own credibility.

On Thursday, two Republicans on the House Oversight Committee said they had petitioned the Justice Department to investigate Cohen for perjury.

Hannity claimed to have information that contradicted the testimony of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, and at least one lawmaker said it could lead to the Fox News host appearing before Congress to explain it.

US Representative Elijah Cummings, the Democrat chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said there's a "good chance", the panel would call on individuals Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, mentioned during his testimony on Wednesday. He helped develop Trump Soho, a Manhattan hotel condominium, while working for Bayrock Group, and worked with Cohen to develop a Trump luxury tower in Moscow.

Weisselberg received limited immunity past year related to his grand jury testimony he gave in the Cohen case about the hush money allegations. The testimony was also reviewed by Abbe Lowell, a lawyer representing Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, Cohen said. The president described his former attorney and fixer's descriptions of him as "incorrect" and said the "fake hearing" was "shameful". The drama was amplified by challenges from Trump's allies, including Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, that Cohen misrepresented his past in an effort to clean up his public image.

Cohen, 52, was a close aide of Trump for years and his testimony could increase the legal and political pressure on the Republican president. Rather, Cohen said he had no "direct evidence" that collusion had occurred while noting he had "suspicions". The US president's former lawyer remains out of prison to continue cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Trump-Moscow collusion during the 2016 US presidential election, which has been denied both by both parties on numerous occasions. Their letter to Attorney General William Barr details several Cohen statements they said were false, including claims that he "never defrauded any bank" and did not want a job in Trump's White House.

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