Republicans of the House Watch Committee on Thursday referred Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to the Justice Department for allegations of perjury. foreign entities.
Committee member Jim Jordan, MP for Ohio, and Representative Mark Meadows, RN, wrote Thursday a letter to the recently sworn Attorney General, William Barr, citing evidence that Cohen had " committed perjury "at his hearing before the committee. Wednesday.
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"We are writing to return important evidence that Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly made false statements in his testimony before a Monitoring and Reform Committee hearing," they wrote. "In his sworn testimony, Mr. Cohen did what appears to be many false factual statements intentionally and intentionally, contradicted by the record prepared by the Department of Justice in the case of United States v. Cohen. "
They added, "Mr. Cohen's testimony before the Committee was at times in direct conflict with the statements contained in the pleadings prepared by the US District Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY). There are others cases in which Mr. Cohen's statements to the Committee were immediately contradicted by witnesses with first-hand knowledge of the subject. "
Cohen had already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, in connection with previous statements before a Senate committee.
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Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, replied Thursday in a statement that his client had testified "sincerely" before the committee.
"He has taken full responsibility for his guilty pleas and has also substantiated much of his testimony with documents," Davis said. "It's perhaps no wonder that two known members of the pro-Trump Committee benefit from an unfounded criminal referral." In my opinion, this is a sad abuse of the law. criminal justice system with an aura of pure partisanship. "
In their letter, Jordan and Meadows detailed several alleged false statements made Wednesday by Cohen.
They cited his claim that he "never defrauded any bank", unlike Cohen's plea agreement, which described his crimes as "banking fraud".
In addition to the false statement made in Congress, Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one for making false statements to a banking institution, one for provoking an illegal contribution from one company and another to excessive campaign contributions.
"This point, Mr. Cohen's guilt for bank fraud – has a significant bearing on the Committee's assessment of his credibility," lawmakers wrote.
Jordan and Meadows went on to assert that Cohen had made false statements about his desire to work at the White House, or in any role in the Trump administration.
"Mr. Cohen has repeatedly stated that he had not looked for employment at the White House after the election of President Trump," they wrote. "This is obviously, materially and intentionally false. "
During the hearing, Jordan burned Cohen, claiming that he had returned President Trump because he had not landed work at the White House. Cohen, however, denied this and said that he rather wanted to be "the personal advocate of the president".
"I had exactly what I wanted," Cohen said.
After the exchange, the President's sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, appeared on Twitter, claiming that Cohen "was pressuring EVERYONE to be the" Chief of Staff "" and that it was "the biggest joke of the transition".
The letter also quotes a tweet from Bo Dietl, a former New York City police inspector, who stated that Cohen had told him "on several occasions" that he was "very angry and upset" about not have found employment at the White House.
GOP lawmakers also mentioned Cohen's failure to list foreign contracts on a "Truth and Testimony" form that he had to complete before the hearing.
In addition, Republicans reported testimony regarding the payment of money to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. They said that although Cohen testified, he was "a good lawyer who understood the need to provide his client with sound legal advice," he also said he paid Daniels a payment "without worrying about if it was abusive, let alone it was one of the good things to do. "
Jordan and Meadows also said that Cohen made a false statement about his involvement in creating the Twitter account, @WomenForCohen. On Wednesday, Cohen claimed that he had not created the account and that someone from RedFinch 's firm had created it.
"We were having fun during a stressful time," Cohen said Wednesday.
Republicans responded that Cohen would have asked someone to create the account to "raise his profile".
The letter stated that Cohen's testimony "was a spectacular and audacious attempt to knowingly and knowingly testify in a false and fictitious way about many material facts". They testified that the testimony included "intentionally false statements aimed at making themselves better known on the national scene," adding: "Mr. Cohen's previous conviction for lying to Congress justifies the increased suspicion he has of again wrongly testified before the Congress ".
Mike Emanuel of Fox News contributed to this story.