At least two Republicans are looking into charging Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, after he allegedly lied during a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday.
Cohen has been referred to the Justice Department on the perjury charge, ABC News reports.
“We write to refer significant evidence that Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly made false statements during his testimony before the [House] Oversight and Reform Committee … hearing,” Republican Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows wrote in a letter to new Attorney General William Barr, according to ABC News.
In the letter, they accuse Cohen of lying during his testimony, which they called “a spectacular and brazen attempt to knowingly and willfully testify falsely and fictitiously to numerous material facts.”
And, from ABC News:
“While testifying under oath, Mr. Cohen made what appear to be numerous willfully and intentionally false statements of material fact contradicted by the record established by the Justice Department,” the two lawmakers continued, referencing the plea agreement Cohen reached with prosecutors in the Southern District of New York in which he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about whether then-candidate Donald Trump, during the 2016 presidential campaign, was pursuing a lucrative deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, something Trump had denied.
Thursday’s Republican move against Cohen came on his third and final day of congressional testimony, this time behind closed doors before members of the House Intelligence Committee.
In requesting a DOJ perjury investigation, Jordan and Meadows, two of the president’s top congressional allies, pointed to six areas of the nearly eight hours of Cohen’s public testimony Wednesday, among them Cohen’s claim he never committed bank fraud and his denial that he sought a White House job as Trump first came into office.
Donald Trump Jr. similarly alleged on social media that Cohen had committed perjury in a series of tweets. The president’s son even said he would go under oath to counter Cohen’s remarks, specifically concerning his interest in gaining a senior administration position after Trump won the presidency.
It should be noted that Cohen has already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and will serve three years in prison, starting in May of this year.
“Cohen pleaded guilty in August to six felonies associated with his personal business dealings – including tax evasion and making false statements to a bank – and two felony campaign finance violations in connection with his role in arranging non-disclosure agreements during the campaign with two women who had claimed past affairs with Trump,” ABC News reports.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.