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Congress has new questions for Donald Trump Jr. about Moscow tower testimony

Congress investigators are planning to ask Donald Trump Jr. to return to Capitol Hill, partly to ask why he told lawmakers under oath that he knew "very little" about an agreement with Russian developers in 2016 to put the trumpet brand on a skyscraper in Moscow, told sources familiar with the case ABC News.Swedish testimony from the president's oldest son seems to interfere with testimonies from former Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen, who has told lawmakers in both closed and open sessions that he retained Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump informed about the Moscow project, the sources said."Do you remember how many of these briefings it may have been?" Cohen was asked by the rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., February 27, public hearing before the House Oversight Committee."About 1Two sources, from various congressional committees, told ABC News that the laws marked the difference between testimonies from Trump Jr. and Cohen and plan to seek clarification from Trump Jr.'s lawyer.Sources near Trump Jr. told ABC News he is standing at his testimony in September 2017 before the Senate Court Committee, where he said he was only "peripherally aware" of Moscow's summit."Most of my knowledge has been achieved when it comes to hearing about it in recent weeks," says Trump Jr., according to published transcripts.It is unclear whether or how the committees will judge Cohen's sign that he informed the president's oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump. She has not previously testified before the congress on the issue.President Donald Trump, and those close to…

Congress investigators are planning to ask Donald Trump Jr. to return to Capitol Hill, partly to ask why he told lawmakers under oath that he knew “very little” about an agreement with Russian developers in 2016 to put the trumpet brand on a skyscraper in Moscow, told sources familiar with the case ABC News.

Swedish testimony from the president’s oldest son seems to interfere with testimonies from former Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen, who has told lawmakers in both closed and open sessions that he retained Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump informed about the Moscow project, the sources said.

“Do you remember how many of these briefings it may have been?” Cohen was asked by the rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., February 27, public hearing before the House Oversight Committee.

“About 1

Two sources, from various congressional committees, told ABC News that the laws marked the difference between testimonies from Trump Jr. and Cohen and plan to seek clarification from Trump Jr.’s lawyer.

Sources near Trump Jr. told ABC News he is standing at his testimony in September 2017 before the Senate Court Committee, where he said he was only “peripherally aware” of Moscow’s summit.

“Most of my knowledge has been achieved when it comes to hearing about it in recent weeks,” says Trump Jr., according to published transcripts.

It is unclear whether or how the committees will judge Cohen’s sign that he informed the president’s oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump. She has not previously testified before the congress on the issue.

President Donald Trump, and those close to him, have been very critical of Cohen for weeks. The president accused him of a tweet of “lying to reduce his prison time”.

Cohen pleaded guilty to financial crimes, campaign finance crimes and lying to Congress, and he is preparing to serve a three-year prison sentence.

Legal experts told ABC News that congressional committees often ask witnesses to return if there are questions about their testimony.

“Traditionally, the Congress asks the witness to come back for the committee to face a more focused and detailed question and clarify and give more context to its previous testimony,” said Bryson Morgan, who served as the Investigation Board of the United States Representative Office for Congress Ethics from 2013 to 2015. He is now in private practice at the company Capilin and Drysdale in Washington.

Experts said it can be difficult to prove someone who wants to mislead the congress, especially when it is a person’s word against another.

“You must have others who can confirm what Michael Cohen says,” says Peter R. Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor, now in private practice at the Washington company Arent Fox.

Or additional evidence would be needed, he added, for example, email or text traffic involving Trump Jr. where he says he knows more about the Moscow project.

“That he was attentive – that he was interested,” said Zeidenberg.

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