Michael Cohen testified in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. Cohen called Trump a ‘conman,’ a ‘cheat,’ and ‘fundamentally disloyal.’
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen is pushing back against a Republican-led accusation that he lied during his public testimony before Congress on Wednesday.
Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows sent a 30-page letter outlining a number of Cohen’s comments, which the pair, both hardline Trump supporters, are claiming to be lies. In the letter, which is addressed to Attorney General William Barr, Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, and Meadows ask that Cohen be investigated for perjury and making false statements.
“His testimony included intentionally false statements designed to make himself look better on a national stage,” the pair wrote in the letter, which included exhibits and a copy of Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee.
Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, said in a statement that the partisan referral was a “sad misuse of the criminal justice system.”
“Mr. Cohen testified truthfully before the House Oversight Committee. He took full responsibility for his guilty pleas,” Davis said. “He also backed up much of his testimony with documents. It may not be surprising that two pro-Trump Committee members known have a baseless criminal referral. In my opinion, it is a sad misuse of the criminal justice system with the aura of pure partisanship.”
Jordan and Meadows allege Cohen was untruthful when saying he did not want a job within the White House, that he did not help in the creation of a flattering Twitter page and that he did not have contracts with foreign governments. The pair also say in the letter that Cohen’s remarks on Wednesday that his legal trouble was caused by a “blind loyalty” to Trump contradicted how federal prosecutors have characterized the reasoning behind his downfall, which they say was the outcome of greed.
Meadows and Jordan also claim that Cohen lied and should be charged because he said on Wednesday that he never defrauded a bank, something that he has not been charged with.
What Meadows and Jordan do not address in their letter was any of Cohen’s bombshell claims against the president, nor do they accuse him of lying when he accused the president of crimes and other misdeeds.
Throughout the hearing, Cohen suggested Trump may have committed multiple crimes, including insurance fraud, bank fraud and violating campaign finance laws. He also called Trump a “racist,” and a “conman.”
“Mr. Trump is an enigma. He is complicated, as am I. He has both good and bad, as do we all,” Cohen said. “But the bad far outweighs the good, and since taking office, he has become the worst version of himself.”
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday dismissed his former personal attorney’s congressional testimony as a “fake hearing.” (Feb. 28)
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