‘His testimony included intentionally false statements designed to make himself look better on a national stage…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform introduced a resolution that would direct Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., to forward the transcript of Michael Cohen’s recent testimony to the Department of Justice.
Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., said he introduced the resolution because Cohen “falsely testified” before Congress on Feb. 27.
“If Chairman Cummings fails to refer Mr. Cohen to the Department of Justice for perjury, it will forever mar the reputation of the Oversight committee and call into question the integrity of the entire House,” Green said, according to a press release.
In the four months since Cummings took over as chair, the outspoken Republicans on the committee, led by ranking minority member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, have repeatedly butted heads with the Democratic leadership, despite symbolic early overtures for cooperation and transparency.
“Mr. Chairman, do what you said you’d do and hold Mr. Cohen accountable for lying before our committee,” Green said.
According to the resolution, Cohen falsely testified when he said,‘‘I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from President Trump.”
Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, said on March 6 that Cohen directed him “to explore possibilities of a pardon at one point with Donald J. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as well as other lawyers advising President Trump.”
Cohen also privately testified to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Feb. 28 and March 6.
Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC—two leaders of the Trump-aligned Freedom Caucus—requested access to the transcripts from the private testimonies to compare them with statements made during Cohen’s public testimony.
“In sum, Mr. Cohen’s testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Reform on Feb. 27, 2019, was a spectacular and brazen attempt to knowingly and willfully testify falsely and fictitiously to numerous material facts,” Jordan and Meadows wrote to Barr.
“His testimony included intentionally false statements designed to make himself look better on a national stage,” they added.
Green, Jordan and Meadows previously introduced resolutions on March 14 and April 2 in the committee to direct the Department of Justice to investigate Cohen, but Cummings did not act on those resolutions.