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Jordan and Meadows Urge Cummings to Refer Cohen to DOJ for Perjury – United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Jordan and Meadows Urge Cummings to Refer Cohen to DOJ for Perjury

Published: Mar 13, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Government Operations Subcommittee, sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) asking him to join their criminal referral of Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for perjury.

Excerpts from the letter: 

“In light of mounting evidence, it appears Cohen likely lied under oath during his appearance before the Committee. Even the Committee’s Vice Chair, Rep. Katie Hill, said on Sunday that she expects that you will refer Cohen to the Justice Department for perjury.”

“Cohen’s denial of ever seeking a pardon, which he made during his carefully crafted opening statement, contained no qualifiers about the context of his statement. It did not restrict his denial to the period after Cohen left the joint defense agreement. In fact, there is no mention whatsoever in Cohen’s prepared testimony about the joint defense agreement. Simply put, Cohen’s denial of ever seeking a pardon, as uttered under oath in his testimony, was absolute and unequivocal.”

“This Committee cannot stand idly by when a witness comes to a hearing, swears an oath to testify truthfully, and provides material testimony that appears on its face to be demonstrably false. Accordingly, we urge you to request from both Michael Cohen and the Department all documents and communications relating to Cohen’s effort, desire, or attempts to obtain a position in the Trump Administration and Cohen’s efforts to seek a pardon for his crimes.”

Full text of the letter can be viewed here.

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Author: Charli Huddleston

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