Schiff Speaks Out After Cohen Guilty Plea: ‘We Believe Other Witnesses Were Also Untruthful’

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, says he believes more witnesses mislead his committee after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress on Thursday.

“Today’s guilty plea obtained by the Special Counsel demonstrates that the President’s associates were willing to lie to Congress about the Trump Organization’s business interests in Russia,” Schiff said in a statement. “Significantly, they also make clear that the President’s own denials during the campaign were false or misleading.”

Schiff is expected to take the gavel as the chairman of the intelligence committee once Democrats take control of the House in January. In his Thursday statement, he reiterated his calls for a thorough investigation of the president’s possible financial ties to Russia and expressed a belief that Cohen may not have been the only witness to give false testimony before the committee.

“Mr. Cohen’s plea today also highlights concern over another issue – that we believe other witnesses were also untruthful before our committee,” he said.

Schiff expressed his plan to continue the ongoing investigation into the next Congress to “determine whether the Russians sought financial leverage over Trump and his associates.”

The congressman also called for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation to be protected from interference by either the president or his newly appointed acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker.

“Our Committee, and the new House Majority, will use all of its powers to preserve the independence of our justice system and ensure that no one is above the law,” he added.

Schiff also addressed the news of Cohen’s guilty plea in remarks on Capitol Hill after the news broke:

Speaking with reporters, Schiff reiterated his belief that other witnesses were “untruthful” with the committee.

“And it’s certainly in the Congress’ interest as well as the broader public interest that we establish very clearly, you come and testify before us and you had better tell the truth because if not, you’ll be prosecuted for it,” he said.

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KhyberRifle
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Pencil neck Schiff has no credibility when it comes to analyzing a set of circumstances; it might as well be ugly Amy Schumer, Kathy the decapitator Griffin, or Michel silly ass Wolff opining on this legal matter – all laughable.

Joe Fowler
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So, every so called witness against Trump has plead guilty of lying. Makes for real credible witnesses.

Screwtape
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Speaking of legal proceedings, I hope that Kavanaugh will sue those who testified against him and bring in any and all Dims involved. It may take time and dollars, but it will, at the least, keep them preoccupied.

Madison Dibble
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It will be interesting to see what comes of this investigation. They’ve missed the president everytime, but they keep catching people for failing to keep their story straight. It seems like a lot of small details, but I guess it could add up at some point.

banstan
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Brings to mind the old saying, “It takes one to know one.” adam shiff should be able to spot a liar from MILES away.

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