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House Lawyer Reveals More Trouble for Trump

Congress investigating whether he lied to Mueller, which could factor into impeachment inquiry
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2019 12:40 PM CST
President Trump gestures while speakings during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – More potential trouble for President Trump: The House is investigating whether he lied to Robert Mueller, which could provide more fodder in the impeachment inquiry, reports the New York Times. The revelation came Monday from the House general counsel. While in federal court in DC arguing for the release of information that informed the Mueller report, attorney Douglas Letter posed these questions: “Did the president lie? Was the president not truthful in his responses to the Mueller investigation?" The House, he added, "is trying to determine whether the current president should remain in office. This is unbelievably serious and it’s happening right now, very fast." Among other things, Letter cited last week's conviction of Roger Stone on charges of lying to Congress about the publication of hacked Democratic emails by WikiLeaks, notes the Washington Post.

In his written responses to Mueller, Trump said he could not recall talking to Stone about the subject in the run-up to the 2016 election. House Democrats are skeptical about that, and they want to see for themselves what witnesses such as Paul Manafort told the Mueller grand jury in regard to the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks. “There is evidence, very sadly, that the president might have provided untruthful answers,” said Letter, adding that the issue was of "immense" importance and "a key part of the impeachment inquiry." Letter also cited the conviction of ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen. “We have at least two people who have already been convicted of lying to Congress," he said. "And what are they lying about? They’re lying about things that go directly to the Mueller report." (Also Monday, Trump said he would consider testifying in the impeachment inquiry.)

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