Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who is set become the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE's supporters must face the "reality" that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE is closing in on him.
"Lying to Congress is a serious crime with serious consequences,” Nadler said in a statement, referring to the plea deal Mueller reached with Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, earlier that day.
“Mr. Cohen has now admitted to lying about his contacts with Russian officials on behalf of President Trump. His guilty plea contemplates Mr. Cohen’s further cooperation with investigators. Anyone who still believes that this is a 'witch hunt' must now face the reality that the investigation appears to be closing in on the President.”
Lying to Congress is a serious crime with serious consequences. Read my statement after @realDonaldTrump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Russian officials on behalf of Donald Trump during the 2016 election here: pic.twitter.com/TQPynjmDI2— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) November 29, 2018
Cohen, who served as Trump's personal attorney for several years, pleaded guilty in a federal Manhattan court on Thursday to one count of making false statements to Congress.
The charge stemmed from when Cohen spoke with House and Senate panels about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Cohen admitted to being untruthful with Congress while discussing plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen had said that negotiations to build the property in Russia concluded in January 2016.
But emails showed that he talked with a Russian developer until the summer of 2016. Court documents show that he also lied to lawmakers about his plans to travel to Russia and about how long the plans were talked about inside the Trump Organization.
Trump blasted Cohen as a "weak person" and accused him of lying in order to get a reduced sentence while talking to reporters on Thursday.
The move from Cohen to plead guilty comes two weeks before he is scheduled to be sentenced for guilty pleas he made earlier this year in a case in the Southern District of New York.
Trump has repeatedly railed against Mueller's probe, often referring to it as a "disgrace" and a "witch hunt."
"When will this illegal Joseph McCarthy style Witch Hunt, one that has shattered so many innocent lives, ever end-or will it just go on forever?" he tweeted early Thursday. "After wasting more than $40,000,000 (is that possible?), it has proven only one thing-there was NO Collusion with Russia. So Ridiculous!"
Nadler said Mueller has now secured guilty pleas from people such as Trump's former lawyer and former campaign chairman.
“He has filed 191 charges against more than thirty individuals." Nadler said. "The President can pretend that this investigation has nothing to do with him and nothing to do with Russia, but these indictments speak for themselves. We must allow this investigation to run its course without interference from the President or his allies on Capitol Hill.”