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.”
To help Trump, Cohen lied to Congress about Trump’s business interests in Russia. The President’s own denials during the campaign were also false or misleading, and underscore the importance of investigating any financial entanglement between Trump and Russia.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 29, 2018
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:
Intel Committee Ranking Member @RepAdamSchiff responds to Michael Cohen's plea deal: "You come and testify before us and you had better tell the truth, because if not, you'll be prosecuted for it."https://t.co/b0KVzlQV2F pic.twitter.com/pvzHWdSO17
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 29, 2018
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.