WASHINGTON – Two key Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have asked the Justice Department to look into whether President Donald Trump’s former attorney and personal “fixer” Michael Cohen committed perjury during his testimony to the committee Wednesday.
“We write to refer significant evidence that Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly made false statements,” Ranking Member Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) wrote in a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Thursday.
The lawmakers allege Cohen lied when he said he never sought employment in the White House. They cite as potential evidence statements Cohen made as part of his plea deal with federal prosecutors in Manhattan. The lawmakers asked DoJ to probe Cohen’s assertion that he did not commit bank fraud nor lobby on behalf of foreign entities.
Cohen testified before the committee in open session for eight hours on Wednesday, drawing scorn from the panel’s conservatives by casting Trump as a corrupt businessman.
Both Jordan and Meadows repeatedly attacked Cohen’s credibility. They insisted that because Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, he cannot be taken seriously.
Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) told reporters Wednesday evening that he found Cohen’s testimony credible. Cummings said that based on the testimony, “it appears that he (Trump) did” commit a crime.