Michael Cohen was brought in by Democrats to testify before the House Oversight Committee and the man already sentenced to prison for lying to Congress may find himself being referred to the Justice Department for perjury for… lying to Congress.
That’s according to Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., a leading member of the panel, who told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., may “end up referring” Trump’s former lawyer for investigation after contradictions and inconsistencies in his public testimony, to include saying he didn’t ask for a pardon.
“I don’t know if he lied or not,” Hill said of Cohen. “I think that this is, Chairman Cummings is incredibly deliberate. I know that he’s reviewing the entire testimony, all the transcripts with [ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio], who also is going to make sure that we get to the bottom of this.”
When pressed, the lawmaker said her “guess” was that Cummings would take action.
“I would imagine that in the panic that was going on when you’re about to go down, right, that you’re going to say like ‘yeah, figure out whatever you can do,'” she said. “And I imagine that Chairman Cummings will end up referring him. That’s just my guess.”
“When Chairman Cummings says something like I’m going to nail you to the cross, he means it,” she added, referring to Cummings’ warning to the attorney at the outset of the hearing earlier this month.
Cohen told lawmakers that he “never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from” President Trump.
This appears to be untrue — even the president called Cohen out.
“Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon,” Trump tweeted. “His lawyers totally contradicted him. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. I said NO. He lied again! He also badly wanted to work at the White House. He lied!”
Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon. His lawyers totally contradicted him. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. I said NO. He lied again! He also badly wanted to work at the White House. He lied!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2019
Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, a Clinton disciple, scrambled to clarify the statements his client made before Congress, Fox News reported.
Interestingly, Hill said the Democratic National Committee made a mistake when it decided to block Fox News from hosting any Democratic primary debates — Wallace had to correct Hill when she claimed there are “no Democrats who watch Fox News.”
After pointing out that she is from a “purple” district, she said the decision doesn’t do anything to “help” the partisan divide in the country.
“I personally don’t think it helps when we’re saying we’re not going have any of the debates on Fox News,” Hill said, adding that she is not sure how much of that came from the presidential candidates and how much came from the party.”