Stunning poll shows how many voters thought Michael Cohen's testimony was credible

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In reality, it was reported early a year ago that Cohen was shopping a book called Trump Revolution: From The Tower to The White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump.

Earlier in his almost five hours before the committee, Cohen also said he didn't know if the president's tax returns were being audited, which is the reason Trump gave for not releasing them during the 2016 campaign even though other presidential contenders have released such information.

The president also referenced a description of Cohen's book as a "love letter to Trump". But here's the biggest threat right now: "Donald Trump, or the next President, using the pardon power to cover up and permanently excuse this wrongdoing". In a statement after Cohen's testimony, Stone said Cohen's "statement is not true".

Democrats were much more likely to believe Cohen, with 58 percent saying they found his testimony credible compared with just 15 percent of Republicans, the poll revealed.

"Michael Cohen's book manuscript shows that he committed perjury on a scale not seen before", Trump wrote on Twitter.

In a book proposal Cohen sent to publishers in early 2018 - before he was sentenced to three years in prison, partly for crimes related to his work for Trump - the attorney promised a glowing picture of the real estate billionaire. Cohen also said Trump directed the plan to pay "hush money" ahead of the election to an adult movie actress who has said she had a sexual encounter with him. He will return to the House intelligence committee March 6 for more questioning. He said Trump knew in advance that damaging emails about Democrat Hillary Clinton would be released during the 2016 campaign - a claim the president has denied - and accused Trump of lying during the 2016 campaign about the Moscow deal.

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Sater was involved in trying to jump start a Trump Tower project in Moscow.

Schiff has said he will subpoena Mueller's complete final report on his investigation if it is not given to Congress. Schiff also has said he will call Mueller to testify if necessary. Trump said he was a "little impressed" that Cohen had said that to the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

While they have worked in a collaborative way, Burr has said he has not yet seen "anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russian Federation".

Trump has so far refused to reveal his returns.

A Fox News spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment.

The Ways and Means Committee is the only group in the House who can directly request the president's returns and chairman Richard Neal is said to be starting the process by asking their attorneys to prepare the request.

Democratic Chairwoman Maxine Waters wants to investigate Trump's ties with Deutsche Bank AG, one of the world's largest financial institutions, as well as information about potential Russian money laundering through the bank. Congress and the Department of Justice were in the crosshairs as well, as usual. The panel also intends to look into whether previous testimony given to Congress and federal investigators by figures associated with Trump has been false or misleading.

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