Incoming House Judiciary Chair Says Trump May Have Committed Impeachable Offenses

President Donald Trump speaks during the Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City Mo. on Friday

President Donald Trump speaks during the Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City Mo. on Friday

The filing Friday by federal prosecutors in Manhattan was the first time prosecutors said Cohen acted at the direction of Trump to make payments during the 2016 campaign to silence two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump prior to his time running for office. "Do they rise to the gravity where you should undertake an impeachment?"

"This is a president named as a co-conspirator - allegations he committed at least two felonies to try to manipulate the 2016 election".

Earlier Sunday, Rep. Jerry Nadler, the likely incoming chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said the president's offenses would "certainly" be impeachable.

But as he and other Democrats wrestle with the politically explosive question of how to respond to the investigations touching Mr Trump and his inner circle - including the question of possible collusion with Russian Federation before the 2016 election - they cautioned that much remains unknown.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Friday that the Cohen filings "tell us nothing of value that wasn't already known".

"They would be impeachable offenses", Nadler said, though he added it would still be a judgment call for lawmakers whether the offenses were important enough to warrant impeachment proceedings, which should only be launched in the gravest circumstances.

Trump took to Twitter to address the multiple court filings that dropped on Friday in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's sweeping investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

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He also says that Cohen is cooperating in the effort to investigate this matter. Trump said in a Twitter post on Saturday. If such people knew Cohen's testimony was false, then they may be in legal jeopardy, and Mueller may be able to squeeze them into saying they communicated with Trump about what Cohen was going to say.

After the sentencing memo in Cohen's case was filed on Friday, Trump tweeted: 'Totally clears the President.

The latest court filings concerning Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and lawyer Michael Cohen have a Bay Area congresswoman getting ready to flex her subpoena power.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio told CNN he was waiting for the results of the Russian Federation investigation and related federal probes.

Nadler went on to emphasize his belief that recent indictments and charging statements have shown a "much broader conspiracy against the American people ... involving the Russians trying to get influence in the campaign".

Former Sen. John Edwards, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, was indicted in 2011 in connection with payments made on his behalf by a wealthy campaign donor to keep Edwards' mistress quiet, which prosecutors argued amounted to illegal campaign contributions.

Impeaching President Trump based exclusively on the say-so of a sleazy lawyer like Michael Cohen may not be beneath House Democrats.

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