Friday, August 7, 2020

Top Lawmakers Refer Cohen for Criminal Investigation

Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform referred former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to the Justice Department for alleged perjury.

Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) authored a letter to newly appointed Attorney General William Barr, citing evidence that Cohen lied during sworn testimony before the Oversight Committee yesterday about a number of issues, including his desire to work in the White House and contacts with foreign entities.

Fox News’ Brooke Signman reports:

In their letter, Jordan and Meadows detailed several allegedly false statements made by Cohen on Wednesday.

They cited his claim that he “never defrauded any bank,” contrasting that with Cohen’s plea agreement that referred to his crimes as “bank fraud.”

In addition to the false statement to Congress count, Cohen has pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a banking institution, one count of causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of excessive campaign contributions.

Jordan and Meadows went on to claim that Cohen made false statements regarding his desire to work in the White House, or in some role in the Trump administration.

Cohen previously pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress for fraudulent statements made before a Senate committee.

In a November 2016 appearance on CNN, Cohen made it clear he wanted a job with the administration.

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