Michael Cohen, in an explosive testimony before Congress this week, raised a litany of allegations against his former boss Donald Trump, implying the President and his inner circle in potentially criminal offenses on several accounts. Now, House Democrats want to use Cohen's revelations as a blueprint to summon important witnesses and prosecute investigative methods that their Republican counterparts have ignored. This is likely to trigger a steady flow of public hearings involving the president's relatives, while Democrats are looking for more damaging revelations.
No one is banned, including Trump's adult children Donald Jr and Ivanka or the janitor of his finances Trump organizer Allen Weisselberg.
"All you have to do is follow the transcript," Elijah Cummings, chairman of Parliament's Regulatory and Reform Committee, told Cohen on Wednesday, reporters on Capitol Hill. "If there were any names that were mentioned, or records that were mentioned during the hearing, let's take a look at all this."
Questions raised by Cohen, who had worked as Trump's attorney and lawyer for almost a decade The Fixer was countless and submitted several of the ongoing investigations, supervised by Special Adviser Robert Mueller and the prosecutors in the southern New York district.
The Democrats expressed the exhortation not to obstruct the work of this investigation, especially if they wait for the results of the special investigation in the near future. However, they said Cohen's testimony provided several strands of new evidence that paved the way for further investigation of Trump's business, tax returns, links with Russia, and possible disability in the judiciary.
"If Mr. Cohen's allegations are correct, this means President while he was in office, literally in the Oval Office, he was involved in criminal activity, which further promotes campaign campaigning," said Adam Schiff, chair of the campaign Cohen's testimony introduced House Democrats on at least three main lines of investigation: negotiations on the construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 201
Cohen said Thursday nearly eight hours of closed secret services to the House Intelligence Committee, which according to Democrats affirm the need for some of the alleged Hints to follow more aggressively so as far as possible.
After the closed-door meeting, Ship announced that Cohen would reappear before the House's intelligence committee on March 6 to conduct further private interrogations. Schiff also said Felix Sater, a former Trump associate with previous ties to the Russian mob, will testify before the committee on March 14.
Sater was allegedly involved in the discussions surrounding the Trump Tower Moscow project and proposed a $ 50 million penthouse project for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While the proposal eventually broke up, the talks were central to the investigators as they examined whether the Trump campaign was cooperating with Moscow.
In the midst of these talks are Donald Jr and Ivanka, two of Trump's children who are staying. Cohen said they had been "informed about the project about 10 times". Donald Jr had earlier told the Senate Intelligence Committee under oath that he knew it was "peripheral," while Ivanka Trump continued to be ignorant of the plan last month, saying in an interview that she knew "literally almost nothing."
Cummings said the US Parliament's oversight body will look for interviews with Donald Jr and Ivanka.
Donald Jr and Weisselberg are also of interest for their role in making cash payments to adult movie actor Stormy Daniels, who paid him $ 130,000 to help Cohen escape the 2016 elections over her alleged affair with Trump to pronounce a decade ago.
"Don Jr and Allan Weisselberg are both in big trouble," said Lawrence Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School. "Cohen's testimony opened the door to a plethora of questions."
In his testimony on Wednesday, Cohen provided evidence of Trump's personal bank account, which he said was a refund for the hush-money. One was signed by Trump himself, another by Donald Trump Jr. and Weisselberg.
The prosecutors have said that these payments were a violation of US Electoral Law.
Donald Jr was a separate investigator at the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 in New York, where he and other high-ranking members of the Trump campaign met with a Russian lawyer after Hillary Clinton had promised him shit.
Cohen claimed Wednesday that the then candidate, known to Trump, was the meeting and told him that Donald Jr would never have signed it without first seeking his approval.
Legal experts said Cohen's testimony may prove problematic for Donald Jr, especially if the president's son was killed in the congress – one of the crimes Cohen is jailed for.
Investigators, Tribe said, was whether there was "extrinsic evidence confirming or rejecting Cohen's account of the conversation between Trump and Don Jr."
In addition to Trump's children, the House Democrats said they would demand statements from Weisselberg before the congress.
Weisselberg's relationship with the Trump family goes back to the late father of the president, Fred Trump, and stretches over four decades.
According to Cohen, Weisselberg conducted several hush-money payments involving Trump – some of which are not publicly known. Cohen also said that Weisselberg had the receipts for other Trump organization violations, claiming he had firsthand experience of Trump, who allegedly committed tax and insurance fraud by bloating his fortune.
If Trump really was, Tribe said some of the crimes have a ten-year statute of limitations.
Last year, Weisselberg was provided with immunity by federal prosecutors to testify in relation to the Southern District of New York's investigation into hush money payments.
The Democrats vowed not to rock one another, setting the stage for a 2020 election in which Trump and his family are being arrested by several investigators while seeking re-election.
"I'll follow the facts and then whatever comes of it, fine," said Cummings.
"What we're all about is just making sure the government is accountable, and this administration is accountable to this area. "