House investigating whether Trump lied in U.S. Russia probe

By Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is looking into whether President Donald Trump lied in his written testimony for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a House lawyer said on Monday.

Reuters November 19, 2019 04:11:14 IST
House investigating whether Trump lied in U.S. Russia probe

House investigating whether Trump lied in US Russia probe

By Jan Wolfe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is looking into whether President Donald Trump lied in his written testimony for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a House lawyer said on Monday.

House general counsel Doug Letter told a federal appeals court in Washington on Monday that lawmakers were examining whether Trump's written answers to federal investigators were untruthful, according to an audio recording of an oral argument issued by the court.

"Did the president lie? Was the president not truthful in his responses to the Mueller investigation?" Letter asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit while arguing the House needs access to redacted grand jury material in Mueller's report.

Mueller submitted his report to U.S. Attorney General William Barr in March after completing a 22-month investigation that detailed Russia's campaign of hacking and propaganda to boost Trump's candidacy in the 2016 election, as well as extensive contacts between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

House lawyers had already disclosed the investigation into Trump's written responses in September, saying in a court filing that the unredacted Mueller report could reveal whether Trump was untruthful about his knowledge of his campaign's contacts with WikiLeaks, which published hacked Democratic Party emails.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last week, Trump's former deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates, suggested in testimony during a jury trial in a criminal case that Trump talked to longtime adviser Roger Stone about WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign.

Gates testified that after finishing a July 2016 call from Stone, Trump indicated that "more information would be coming," in an apparent reference to WikiLeaks.

Gates' testimony appeared to conflict with sworn written statements that Trump gave Mueller.

"I do not recall discussing WikiLeaks with him," Trump said of Stone in his written responses to Mueller. "Nor do I recall being aware of Mr. Stone having discussed WikiLeaks with individuals associated with my campaign.”

A federal judge on Oct. 25 granted the House's request for access to the grand jury secrets in the Mueller report.

The Trump administration appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which held an oral argument on Monday to debate whether to put the October ruling on hold while it considers the legal merits of the dispute.

(Additional reporting by Susan Heavey in Washington; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

France confirms it will read black boxes of downed Ukrainian jet, Canada to help
World

France confirms it will read black boxes of downed Ukrainian jet, Canada to help

By Tim Hepher and David Ljunggren PARIS/OTTAWA (Reuters) - France said on Friday it would download the black boxes from a Ukrainian airliner downed by an Iranian missile in January, easing a stand-off over where they should be read. France's BEA crash investigation agency said it was acting at the request of Iran, which remains responsible under global rules for conducting a formal accident probe after acknowledging that the Boeing 737 was downed by its forces

Texas and Florida crack down on bars, reversing coronavirus reopening
World

Texas and Florida crack down on bars, reversing coronavirus reopening

By Brad Brooks LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) - With new coronavirus cases surging in Texas and Florida, officials in both states on Friday ordered bars to close again and imposed tighter restrictions on restaurants, setting back efforts to reopen their economies. Governor Greg Abbott gave bars in Texas until midday Friday to shut, while Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation told bars to immediately stop serving alcohol on their premises

U.S. Senate backs bill to punish China over Hong Kong
World

U.S. Senate backs bill to punish China over Hong Kong

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday that would impose mandatory sanctions on people or companies that back efforts by China to restrict Hong Kong's autonomy, pushing back against Beijing's new security law for the city. The measure also includes secondary sanctions on banks that do business with anyone found to be backing any crackdown on the territory's autonomy, potentially cutting them off from American counterparts and limiting access to U.S.