Former Nixon WH Counsel: Congress Has Little Choice After Cohen Filing – Impeachment Proceedings Will Begin (Video)

Former Nixon WH Counsel: Congress Has Little Choice After Cohen Filing – Impeachment Proceedings Will Begin (Video)

Robert Mueller has accomplished his goal, he has provided the Democrats with documentation to start impeachment proceedings on President Trump.

Friday on CNN’s Erin Burnett “OutFront,” former Nixon White House counsel John Dean said the Michael Cohen sentencing memo means eventually Congress will “start impeachment proceedings” against President Donald Trump.

Dean said, “I don’t know that this will forever disappear into some dark hole of unprosecutable presidents. I think it will resurface in the Congress. I think what this totality of today’s filings show that the House is going to have little choice the way this is going other than to start impeachment proceedings.”

The filing – which recommends prison time for Cohen, despite his cooperation with federal prosecutors and special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation – includes Cohen’s claim that he was instructed by Trump to approve payments that violated campaign finance law.

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Asked by Burnett about those illegal payments, Dean said Friday that Cohen “implicated Trump directly,” and it could lead to impeachment proceedings.

“I don’t know that this will forever disappear into some dark hole of unprosecutable presidents,” Dean, President Nixon’s former White House counsel, said.

“I think it will resurface in the Congress. I think what this totality of today’s filings show that the House is going to have little choice the way this is going other than to start impeachment proceedings.”

While the start of impeachment proceedings ultimately remains unlikely, Democrats’ control of the House starting next month makes a push for impeachment more of a possibility than it was earlier in Trump’s presidency.

Democrats will also have new subpoena powers when they take control the House starting in January.

Following the filing Friday, however, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed it revealed “nothing of value that wasn’t already known,” The Hill reported.

“The government’s filings in Mr. Cohen’s case tell us nothing of value that wasn’t already known,” Sanders wrote. “Mr. Cohen has repeatedly lied and as the prosecution has pointed out to the court, Mr. Cohen is no hero.”


 

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