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Republicans on the House Oversight Committee referred President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen to the Justice Department on Thursday, alleging he perjured himself during his sworn testimony before the panel.

Cohen testified before the committee the previous day regarding his 10-year stint as a lawyer for the New York businessman.

In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina charged that Cohen “made what appeared to be numerous willfully and intentionally false statements of material fact.”

They contended that some of his statements are contradicted by the record established during Cohen’s criminal prosecution by U.S. attorneys in the Southern District of New York, which resulted in him pleading guilty to lying to Congress, bank fraud, tax evasion and campaign finance violations.

The lawmakers’ letter noted that during his Wednesday testimony, Cohen had stated, “I never defrauded any bank.” However, he pleaded guilty to bank fraud in August 2018.

Cohen further testified that he had never sought a position in the Trump White House, but court filings and statements from others familiar with the situation, two of whom were quoted in the letter, stand in direct conflict to this claim.

The congressmen pointed to tweets from Trump associates, including pastor Darrell Scott, who wrote on Wednesday during the House Oversight hearing, “Michael Cohen asked … no, BEGGED me REPEATEDLY, to ask the POTUS to give him a job in the Administration! He’s STILL lying under oath!”

When a position in the Trump administration did not materialize, “Cohen found a way to monetize his relationship with and access to the president,” according to court filings.

Additionally, Jordan and Meadows highlighted that Cohen’s verbal testimony contradicted the written statement he submitted to the committee prior to his appearance.

They offered the example of Cohen verbally testifying that he was a good lawyer who understood the need to present his client with sound legal advice, yet he made a payment to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, better known to some as Stormy Daniels, “without bothering to consider whether that was improper, much less whether it was the right thing to do,” according to his written statement.

Cohen also asserted before the committee that he had performed criminal acts out of “blind loyalty” to Trump and that the relationship has cost him everything. However, federal prosecutors determined his motivation was personal greed and ambition.

During his questioning of Cohen, Jordan argued the hearing was “choreographed” by former Bill and Hillary Clinton attorney Lanny Davis, who is now representing Cohen.

“That’s right, Lanny Davis choreographed the whole darn thing,” Jordan said. “The Clintons’ best friend, loyalist operative, Lanny Davis put this all together.”

“This might be the first time someone convicted of lying to Congress has appeared again so quickly in front of Congress,” he said. “Certainly it’s the first time a convicted perjurer has been brought back as a star witness in a hearing.”

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Vernon Lindblade

    February 28, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Hopefully the rat will get more jail time instead of time off for rat behavior!!!!

    • trump university grads

      February 28, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      Dream on. IF the Justice Department investigates, it is likely to say that Cohen told the truth.

      That is in contrast to Donald Trump, who claimed that his inauguration had the largest crowd in history and that he say thousands of Muslims celebrating on rooftops in New Jersey—not to mention TRUMP UNIVERSITY.

      • Michael

        February 28, 2019 at 11:18 pm

        NYT? Ha! Yeah, they’re a really credible source. Please. Take that shit to a CNN forum, you’d be right at home there.

      • MICHAEL MANFREDONIO

        March 1, 2019 at 5:40 am

        Anything on the AOL website is bogus.

  2. Richard A. Seamn

    February 28, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I hope they hang this lousy turncoat, with barbed wire.

  3. Cindy

    February 28, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Heard audio this afternoon of Cohen saying that he definitely WAS interested in a White House position. I wonder if that has been forwarded to them. People still haven’t figured out that in this digital age nothing disappears. It just takes a while to sort through YouTube or whatever to find it again.

  4. Pat

    February 28, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    All I can say is, if he were working for the Clinton’s, he’d be dead by now!

  5. neo

    February 28, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    The Democrats either did not get enough of Cohen’s lies the first time ….or maybe he is auditioning for a high level position in the democrat party…I tend to believe the second

    • Dean Perry

      February 28, 2019 at 10:58 pm

      Pay attention… he is going to jail!!!!!!!!!

      • Ed

        March 1, 2019 at 1:16 am

        Lol, what, three years, likely with 2.5 years probation? Like ‘neo’ said, Cohen’s gonna have one helluva resume for a top Dem position!

  6. Frank Campo

    February 28, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Put him a jail cell with a 300 lb psychopath

  7. Bob

    February 28, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Pathological lying (also called pseudologia fantastica and mythomania) is a behavior of habitual or compulsive lying. It was first described in the medical literature in 1891 by Anton Delbrueck.

    It’s a mental disorder. Just like liberalism.

  8. Ed

    February 28, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    WHY is this a**hole still an item? Why is anyone, other than his bondsman, interested in anything he has to say? Oh, right, STILL that glimmer of hope that the Dems can NAIL President Trump.

    How disgusting our own Congress is turning out to be!

  9. Sam

    February 28, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I have NO confidence in Congress anymore
    …None…just a bunch of do nothing Democrats and Republicans TOO DAMNED weak kneed to stick together. I’M ASHAMED OF OUR GOVERNMENT…I wish we could vote all of ’em out.

    • Ron

      March 1, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Dead on Sam…

  10. STEVE FLOWERS

    February 28, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Not much to say other………….R A T !

  11. SFC D Monk

    February 28, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Wow, I wonder if I could partner up with him on the future book/movie rights? Agree with Sam above this entire CON-gress is a travesty. Way to go politicos!

  12. Ed

    March 1, 2019 at 1:18 am

    MSM all giddy now, especially with Cohen story blocking out Trump’s efforts to get stuff done FOR America, worldwide.

  13. Mike

    March 1, 2019 at 8:49 am

    read where mob prisoners treat “rats” just like “pedophiles”, his chances of living 3 years in prison are 0 to none.

  14. Mark Terzano

    March 1, 2019 at 8:55 am

    What a rat.

  15. abolishliberals

    March 1, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Hey, this guy wants to act like a D-bag, He will be treated as a D-bag! Plain and so simple, even a baby can understand it. HE made this about Trump, HE tried to save his own hide by throwing Trump under the bus, HE lied to congress, HE then appeared before Congress AGAIN and again he LIE while Under oath! This moron is about as stupid a person there has ever been… can he not stop lying while under oath? lol… Good lord, the only thing that made POTUS Trump look poorly in all this was that, He was blind enough to hire this guy and allow him to be his lawyer! Bad judgement call Mr POTUS… you HAVE to be more careful who you deal with these days!

  16. Mary Johnson

    March 1, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Which as I said he was properly paying Stormy for his severs not President Trump.

  17. Elinor Ann DeMendonca

    March 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Imagine how Lanny pushed this guy Cohen to lie again to Congress, and so fast too. Cohen was promised the short three year sentence because he would say anything the Dems tell him to say. He was probably promised time off for “good Behavior” for all the time spent getting prepped by Lanny and appearing before Congress. This poor excuse for a lawyer even cried for Lanny (AKA Hillary). What B.S. and time consuming too.

  18. Ron Moulton

    March 1, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Imagine the Democrats using a felon who lied to Congress and was convicted to be their star witness. A total waste of time and money, how low can the democrats sink?

  19. Michael Patterson

    March 3, 2019 at 2:44 am

    They will say they decided not to prosecute because they can not prove he intended to lie! Works for Hillary.

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