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House Chairmen Warn Trump Not To Interfere With Congressional Oversight

The chairs of the House committees on oversight and reform, intelligence, and judiciary were none too pleased with Trump for his witness tampering on Fox this Saturday night during an interview with Jeanine Pirro.
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Trump made an appearance on Fox this Saturday and suggested that his former fixer Michael Cohen should rat out his father-in-law during his upcoming appearance before Congress on Feb. 7th: Trump Says Michael Cohen Should Rat Out His Father-in-Law, Doesn’t Know His Name:

During an interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday, President Donald Trump threw Michael Cohen‘s father-in-law under the bus even though he didn’t even know his name.

It happened after Pirro asked Trump if he was worried that the Democrats are bringing Cohen — which she called “an already-proven liar” — in front of Congress.

Trump said he was not.

Then, he worked hard to distance himself from Cohen.

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Then, he dropped his bombshell about Cohen’s father-in-law: “[Cohen] should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that’s the one that people want to look at. Because where does that money — that’s the money in the family. And I guess he didn’t want to talk about his father-in-law – he’s trying to get his sentence reduced. So it’s pretty sad. It’s weak and it’s very sad to watch a thing like that.”

Trump's continued open attempts at witness tampering didn't sit too well with the new chairs of the House committees who will finally be doing their job and acting as a check on this administration, and they issued this response to the interview above: House Chairmen Issue Warning After President’s Statements on Cohen Testimony:

Washington D.C. (Jan. 13, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Rep. Adam Schiff, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the Chairmen of the House Committees on Oversight and Reform, Intelligence, and the Judiciary, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s comments last night on Fox News regarding Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress:

“The integrity of our process to serve as an independent check on the Executive Branch must be respected by everyone, including the President. Our nation’s laws prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress. The President should make no statement or take any action to obstruct Congress’ independent oversight and investigative efforts, including by seeking to discourage any witness from testifying in response to a duly authorized request from Congress.”


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