Van Hollen: ‘Impeachable Offense’ If Trump Ordered Cohen to Knowingly Break the Law

Monday on CNN’s “Right Now,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said if President Donald Trump ordered his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law, it would be an “impeachable offense.”

Van Hollen said, “Clearly if the president orchestrated and ordered Michael Cohen to break the law and act in a criminal manner and did so knowingly, as Jerry Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said, that would be an impeachable offense potentially again if knowledge was there.”

He added, “However there is a difference between something being impeachable and reaching the threshold and where the House takes on that issue. In order for that to happen, you would have to see clear collusion when it comes to the president operating in connection with the Russians. It appears from the pieces falling in place that may be the direction that Mueller and his team are headed, but we haven’t seen the end of the story with respect to the Mueller report.”

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