California Democrat billionaire Tom Steyer is pushing harder for the impeachment of President Trump after the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty this week “to campaign finance violations and other federal crimes.”
Cohen claimed he was directed by Trump to commit a crime.
Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to commit a crime, Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis said Tuesday.
Cohen did not name Trump himself Tuesday, when he admitted in court to various crimes, and prosecutors did not mention the president’s name in the plea agreement.
However, Cohen said “a candidate” for federal office directed him to make illicit payments to two women meant to influence the 2016 elections.
Following Cohen’s guilty plea, Steyer stepped up his impeachment effort against President Trump.
The billionaire former hedge fund manager’s Need to Impeach campaign quickly launched digital ads Tuesday escalating calls to impeach Trump. The videos followed Cohen’s guilty plea for campaign finance violations and other federal crimes, and former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort’s conviction on eight counts of fraud and other charges. Both developments happened only minutes apart on Tuesday.
Steyer is not done. Tuesday’s events directly motivated Need to Impeach to redouble its efforts and cut a new television ad calling for impeachment due to corruption, Kevin Mack, the group’s lead strategist, told CNBC on Wednesday. He expects the group will spend at least $1 million nationally to place the ad, which will film in the next 48 hours.
Our president surrounds himself with criminals. He hired criminals to work for him, he hired criminals to run his campaign, and he hired criminals to serve in his administration. How much more corruption do we need to see? Join us at https://t.co/KvyrqQS5Tt pic.twitter.com/F1zVoeoFHs
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) August 22, 2018
Steyer is not the only one seeking President Trump’s impeachment.
California Democrat Representative Maxine Waters regularly calls for the impeachment of President Trump and continued after Cohen’s plea agreement.
Waters appeared on MSNBC (watch video):
I’ve always felt we could walk and chew gum at the same time. I know some of the Democrats are saying, “Please don’t mention the word impeachment, don’t worry about the investigation, let Mueller take care of that. We have got to talk about our issues.” We can do both. We can talk about healthcare. We can talk about Obamacare. We can talk about Medicaid and Medicare. We can talk about the infrastructure and how it needs to be built up. We can talk about all of these things at the same time. We can’t turn a blind eye to this president who is destroying this country.
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) August 23, 2018
Comments by Steyer and Waters are not idle threats.
If Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, the impeachment of President Trump is almost a certainty.