Jerrold Nadler says Donald Trump impeachment depends on complicity in felony

U.S. Justice Department Connects Trump To A Federal Crime For 1st Time

Prosecutors: Trump directed illegal payments during campaign

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the ranking member and likely soon-to-be chair of the House's Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday on CNN that based on Friday's filings in the Southern District of New York, President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses during his campaign.

In another filing, prosecutors for the special counsel investigating Russia's 2016 election interference said an unnamed Russian offered Mr. Cohen "government level" synergy between Russia and Mr. Trump's campaign in November 2015. The idea that while people are out walking precincts and doing what they should do in campaigns, the rich and powerful seem to live by a different set of rules.

Separately, Republican Senator Marco Rubio said on CNN and ABC that Trump shouldn't pardon former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, who faces possible years in prison after Mueller said he lied to prosecutors in violation of his plea agreement.

According to the special counsel's office, Cohen recalled that the individual "repeatedly proposed a meeting between Individual-1 and the President of Russian Federation".

"The new Congress will not try to shield the president", he said.

The filing stopped short of accusing the president of committing a crime.

Democrats in particular were keen to point out to the President that the memos are not good news for him.

"That's the one that I think really raises some hard questions that go to the heart of the question of whether there were relationships between the Trump campaign, President Trump and the Russian government during the campaign in 2016, because Flynn was, as they say in [the Broadway musical] 'Hamilton, ' in the room where it happened", said King, who is a member of Senate Intelligence Committee, which is directing its own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mr Nadler indicated that Democrats, who will control the House in January, will step up their own investigations into possible collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Prosecutors for the first time link President Trump to a federal crime of illegal payments to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign, and they lay out previously undisclosed contacts with Russians during the 2016 election.

Schiff also said Trump could wind up being the subject of a presidential pardon himself if he were subjected to potential criminal proceedings after he leaves office.

Former Sen. John Edwards, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, was indicted in 2011 in connection with payments made on his behalf by a wealthy campaign donor to keep Edwards' mistress quiet, which prosecutors argued amounted to illegal campaign contributions.

He also warned Trump he has stepped into the same territory that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Two Justice Department reports, one in 1973 and one in 2000, came to the same conclusion.

"The best way to solve a problem like this, to me, is elections", King said.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of CT urged Mueller to "show his cards soon" so that Congress can make a determination early next year on whether to act on impeachment.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, head of the Russian Federation probe. Fox News contributor Andrew McCarthy said he believes Trump will be indicted "on campaign finance violations".

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