Members of Congress reacted to President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen saying in federal court Tuesday that during the 2016 presidential campaign he protected his client’s chances by secretly paying off two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump at the then-candidate’s direction, which would be a violation of campaign finance law.
Here’s what they said:
“People who do bad things and break the law need to be held accountable. But this doesn’t add anything to the allegations of misconduct relative to the Russia investigation.” — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn to reporters, according to Politico.
“Cohen has shown the criminality of a president who is a serial liar. While the actions of this Trump gang are so corrosive, it is the ongoing silence and wishy-washy wavering of Congressional Republicans that enables such serious damage to our democracy. We begin to see why Trump daily demonizes this independent investigation — shoes keep dropping from the Trump centipede, with so much more remaining to be uncovered about criminality, collusion and obstruction. If it’s a witch hunt, there sure are plenty of witches.” — U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin
“Today we witnessed the president of the United States go from the frying pan into the fire, moving not just from political liability for a bad situation with Russia collusion and so forth to perhaps legal liability now. … I believe that the Judiciary Committee in both the House and the Senate should take this issue up immediately and should start to hold hearings about exactly what happened. Call in the folks who can corroborate what the president may have done, according to Michael Cohen; call in people from American Media — the man who owns the Inquirer, for example — and corroborate what was said by Michael Cohen.” — U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, to CNN.
The American-Statesman requested comments from the offices of members of Congress from the Central Texas area Tuesday afternoon after details of Cohen’s admission became public. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Austin; Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio; Roger Williams, R-Austin; Bill Flores, R-Bryan; John Carter, R-Round Rock; or Michael Cloud, R-Victoria.