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Trump claims Cohen 'lying to reduce' jail time

Trump claims Cohen 'lying to reduce' jail time

The subsequent screenshot shows the report was last updated at 12:10 p.m. EST - hours after the special counsel's dispute of the report's underlying claims.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D- Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Feb. 1, 2018.

Cohen has also agreed to testify publicly in front of the House of Representatives' Oversight Committee in a hearing scheduled to take place next month.

Given the seriousness of the allegation, the congressmen demanded he and his colleagues are given a chance to investigate.

In a separate development, Mr Trump has said he will make a "major announcement" on Saturday afternoon on the government shutdown and the situation on the US-Mexico border.

"We know that the president has engaged in a long pattern of obstruction", Nadler wrote.

When asked three times on Fox News whether Trump instructed Cohen to lie to Congress, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley refused to answer the question.

The story landed like a thunderclap in Washington, where prominent Democrats are vowing to get to the bottom of it.

"If this is true, what it means is this is more evidence that the president has violated his oath of office", Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Mr Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Moscow has been the subject of frequent stories and speculation.

This was followed by statement from the special counsel's office on Friday which said: "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the special counsel's office, and characterisation of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's congressional testimony are not accurate".

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Some of US Democrats are outraged at the report.

In a separate statement, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith says it stands by the reporting and the "sources who informed it".

After Cohen's plea, Trump accused his former fixer of lying about his admissions in order to "get a reduced sentence".

The White House and the President's personal lawyers pushed back on BuzzFeed's story throughout the day Friday.

Cohen was spotted by photographers as he returned to his New York City apartment. He's also expected to testify before an open hearing of the House Oversight Committee on February 7, though since that hearing is public, he's expected to steer clear of issues related to Mueller's investigation.

I think that the president's outside counsel addressed this best and said in a statement earlier today that it's categorically false.

Trump originally told the public he had no business deals with Russian Federation during his campaign, but Buzzfeed News reported his children, Ivanka and Donald Jr, received updates about the tower project from Cohen, who was in charge of the project.

The attorney claimed he lied to be consistent with President Trump's "political messaging".

Mr Trump denounced Cohen as a "rat" after he began cooperating with investigators while Cohen said he regretted giving "my blind loyalty to a man who doesn't deserve it".

Davis said: "There is no question that his threatening and calling out his father-in-law, who - quote - has all the money, is not only improper and unseemly for a bully using the bully pulpit of the presidency, but the very definition of intimidation and witness tampering".

"There would be nothing wrong if I did do it", President Trump said of the proposed real estate deal.