After Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused House Democrats of trying to "intimidate" State Department officials, they're accusing him of doing the same.
In a statement Tuesday, the Democratic chairs of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and the House Oversight Committee accused Pompeo of attempting to illegally "intimidate witnesses."
They were responding to Pompeo in a statement earlier Tuesday saying Democrats, who have requested five current and former State Department officials appear before Congress, are attempting to "intimidate, bully, and treat improperly" these officials and that they've provided "woefully inadequate opportunity for the department and the requested witnesses to prepare."
Democrats probing President Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president, which Pompeo reportedly listened into, were planning for depositions to begin Wednesday, though Pompeo says this isn't "feasible." Out of the five officials Democrats are seeking testimony from, four were mentioned in the recent whistleblower complaint alleging abuse of power by Trump, CNN reports.
Citing the reports that he listened into the Ukraine call, the House Democrats also accuse Pompeo, who they call a "fact witness," of "intimidating department witnesses in order to protect himself and the president," also warning this "will constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry." Brendan Morrow
President Trump is asserting that his former lawyer Michael Cohen's admission that he lied to Congress is, itself, a lie.
Cohen on Thursday pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress, saying he lied by claiming that talks of building a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January 2016 when they actually continued until June, reports The Associated Press. Trump in response told reporters that Cohen, who was "convicted of various things unrelated to us," is trying to reduce his sentence by "making up a story" about "a project that everybody knew about." The potential deal with Russia, Trump insisted, was "a well known project." Although Trump did not go through with the deal, he argued that even if he did, "there would have been nothing wrong."
When Trump was asked why he employed Cohen for over a decade when he's supposedly so weak and dishonest, Trump said "a long time ago, he did me a favor," not offering any further explanation.
Thursday's developments came after Cohen had previously pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and implicated Trump in court, after which Trump said on Twitter he would "strongly suggest" not retaining his former lawyer's services. Watch Trump's comments on Cohen below. Brendan Morrow
Stormy Daniels is not taking President Trump's latest demeaning insult in stride.
After Trump called Daniels, the adult film star who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, "Horseface" in a Tuesday tweet, she responded by saying the president has "demonstrated his incompetence, hatred of women and lack of self control on Twitter AGAIN!" Trump's insult was in response to news that Daniels' defamation lawsuit against him was dismissed by a federal judge, which he took to mean he can now "go after her."
Daniels also mocked Trump by referencing his "umm...shortcomings," and joked that he "perhaps" has a "penchant for bestiality." Trump has privately attacked Daniels' appearance and in recent weeks has been wanting to fire back at her for "mocking his manhood" in her book, The New York Times' Maggie Haberman reports. Now, Trump has done just that, and it sounds like Daniels welcomes this escalating war of words. "Game on, Tiny," she wrote. Brendan Morrow
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present your president. In addition to his...umm...shortcomings, he has demonstrated his incompetence, hatred of women and lack of self control on Twitter AGAIN! And perhaps a penchant for bestiality. Game on, Tiny. https://t.co/6DpDD5ELtj