jerry nadler sotu 12-09-2018
Nadler: Trump payments likely impeachable
01:34 - Source: CNN
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If accusations that President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal hush payments to women who had alleged affairs with Trump prove to be true, New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler said those actions would be impeachable offenses.

“They would be impeachable offenses. Whether they’re important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question,” Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning. “Certainly, they’re impeachable offenses, because, even though they were committed before the President became President, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office.”

In a sentencing memo on Friday, prosecutors from the Manhattan US attorney’s office wrote, “In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1.” Individual-1 is the term prosecutors have been using to refer to the President.

Friday’s court filing was the first time prosecutors said Cohen acted at the direction of Trump to make payments to silence women who claim to have had affairs with Trump prior to his time running for of