‘If you are going to provide a platform for this convicted felon and perjurer, we ought to ensure we have the necessary information to prepare to question him…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Ohio Republican Jim Jordan is calling out blatant hypocrisy by the newly minted Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
Jordan, the ranking member on the committee, sent a letter Friday to committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, in which he points to Cummings’s obvious contradiction that he has “no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations.”
But Cummings is doing just that.
Cummings announced a hearing Friday featuring President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen—who has turned against the president under the weight of two ongoing criminal investigations.
Cohen, recently sentenced to three years in prison for an array of fraud crimes he admitted to, is also a witness in two high-profile federal criminal investigations: one by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the other by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Jordan urged Cummings in his letter to at least seek additional documents and testimony from Cohen, the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI before holding what would surely be a public media spectacle.
“If you are going to provide a platform for this convicted felon and perjurer, we ought to ensure we have the necessary information to prepare to question him,” Jordan wrote.
Over the past two years, Cummings and other House Democrats protested any attempts by their committee counterparts to interview witnesses or obtain DOJ and FBI documents relating to Mueller’s Russian election meddling investigation, which morphed into a Russia collusion investigation and then an obstruction of justice and campaign finance investigation.
The initial investigation was launched after former FBI director James Comey’s firing and is widely viewed by critics as nothing more than a political hit job against Trump.
Both the FBI and DOJ have refused to-date to allow members of Congress to inquire about unsubstantiated allegations and admissions made by Cohen, citing the Department’s policy of not discussing ongoing criminal investigations—a position that up until last week Cummings agreed with.
“Are we no longer going to wait until Special Counsel Mueller concludes his work, Mr. Chairman?” Jordan asked.
“Democrats’ turnabout here is remarkable,” he concluded.