Elijah Cummings is resisting the calls to refer Michael Cohen to the DOJ for prosecution on perjury charges. They say they have identified six times he lied. Cummings does not want to do that because that would destroy Cohen as a witness, both for Congress and for Mueller. Cohen’s main two lies were that he did not want a job in the White House, that he was not offered a pardon, and would not accept one if offered. Many witnesses have stepped up and accused Cohen of lying as they told their stories about what Cohen had said to them.
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows claimed in their letter that Cohen lied about six separate topics during sworn testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 27. They said Cohen lied when he claimed he did not want a position in the Trump administration and that he did not seek a pardon from his former boss.
Several Trump associates came forward after Cohen’s testimony to say that Cohen spoke often about working in the Trump White House. Some said that Cohen fumed when he ultimately was not hired. Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, also told a reporter earlier in March that Cohen instructed his previous lawyer to broach the topic of a pardon with Trump’s attorneys.
Trump’s team dismissed the possibility of a pardon, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“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,” Jordan and Meadows wrote to Cummings, a Maryland Democrat.
“In light of mounting evidence, it appears Cohen likely lied under oath during his appearance before the Committee,” they added, noting that California Rep. Katie Hill, a Democrat, said in an interview Sunday that she expected Cummings to refer Cohen for prosecution.
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