Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said the public facts out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation show that President
‘You are beyond the stage that led to impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, whether or not you think that was worthy of impeachment or not,’ he said Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week.’
He also warned Trump he has stepped into the same territory that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said the public facts out of Robert Mueller’s probe show that Trump is ‘beyond the stage’ that led to Clinton’s impeachment
President Trump has denied any wrongdoing
‘The president has now stepped into the same territory that ultimately led to President Nixon resigning the office. President Nixon was an unindicted co-conspirator – certainly a different set of facts. But this investigation is now starting to put the president in serious legal crosshairs, and he should be worried and the whole country should be worried,’ he said.
‘Listen, nobody’s rooting for the president to go down in this manner. This isn’t good for democracy but this investigation may ultimately lead to Congress taking action,’ he added.
Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on Dec. 19, 1998 on two counts – lying to the grand jury about the nature of his relationship with Monica Lewinsky and for obstruction of justice in the Paula Jones case by encouraging Lewinsky to give false testimony if and when she was called to testify and by attempting to tamper with the possible testimony of his secretary Betty Curie.
Nixon resigned on August 8, 1974, after a grand jury named him an unindicted co-conspirator in the Watergate break-in and as the House of Representatives was preparing articles of impeachment against him.
But Senator Murphy also sounded words of caution on Sunday, saying Congress should do nothing until special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation.
And he told Mueller to get something to Congress in early 2019.
‘I think we should wait for Mueller’s investigation,’ Murphy said. ‘But I would also counsel the special investigator to show his cards soon. I mean I think it’s important for the special investigator to give Congress what he has sometime early in 2019 so that congress can make a determination.’
He added: ‘If the president did, in fact, collude with the Russians to try to manipulate the election, or engage in multiple felonies with Michael Cohen, it doesn’t really make sense for Congress to get that report from the special investigator in 2020, we need that next year. We need that as soon as possible.’
Murphy was referring to allegations that came out on Friday in two sentencing memos tied to cases involving Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen show the president committed a crime.
Cohen worked ‘in coordination with and at the direction of’ Donald Trump – by his own admission – to arrange for the National Enquirer to buy the rights to the two women’s stories and ‘kill’ them, preventing media exposure of their claims, one of the sentencing memos claims.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller should wrap up his probe soon, Sen. Murphy said
Former Playboy model Karen McDougal (left) and porn actress Stormy Daniels (right) both claimed to have slept with Donald Trump in the past, but the government says Cohen coordinated with Trump to make sure the women were paid for their silence – in effect a pair of massive campaign contributions designed to save the election for Trump
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen should spend between 51 and 63 months in federal prison, according to a prosecutor’s memo
Cohen ‘coordinated his actions with one or more members of the campaign,’ according to the memo, ‘including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments.’
And as a result, ‘neither woman spoke to the press prior to the election.’
The payments were made to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed to have affairs with Trump, which he has denied.
Cohen arranged for a $130,000 payment to Daniels, which prosecutors say violated campaign finance law prohibitions against donations of more than $2,700 in a general election.
A $150,000 payment by American Media Inc. to silence McDougal was an illegal corporate donation to the Trump’s campaign, prosecutors claim.
Both women claim affairs with Trump, which he has denied.
Prosecutors noted Cohen had implicated the president in the payments.
‘Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1,’ the prosecutors wrote.
‘Individual-1’ refers to Trump.
Trump claimed the filings out on Friday vindicate him.
‘Totally clears the President. Thank you!,’ he tweeted.