House Republicans call for perjury charges against ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

 May 11, 2024

Disgraced former attorney Michael Cohen is expected to testify on Monday in former President Donald Trump's New York criminal case.

Yet rather than taking the witness stand, two Republican lawmakers say Cohen should face a trial of his own for perjury charges. 

Cohen was first referred for prosecution in 2019

As The Federalist reported, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan made that argument this past week.

In a joint letter sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday, the two Republicans recalled how the  Oversight Committee first referred Cohen in February of 2019 for  "knowingly making false statements."

"Members cited six specific lies told by Cohen and urged the Justice Department to take appropriate action," Comer and Jordan pointed out.

"Cohen's testimony is now the basis for a politically motivated prosecution"

"At a hearing in the politicized lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General against President Trump, Cohen admitted to lying under oath during a 2019 deposition before [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI)]," they stressed.

"President Trump’s attorney asked Cohen if he lied during the deposition when testifying about whether he was directed to inflate certain financial numbers, to which Cohen responded, 'Yes,'" Comer and Jordan continued.

They then noted that Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee responded to this revelation by once again referring Cohen to the Department of Justice for prosecution.

"Cohen's testimony is now the basis for a politically motivated prosecution of a former president and current declared candidate for that office," Comer and Jordan complained.

Fox News host call Cohen "a Pinocchio witness"

"Currently, Manhattan's popularly elected District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, is using Cohen as his star witness in an ongoing criminal prosecution of President Donald Trump," they observed.

What's more, Comer and Jordan emphasized the fact that "Bragg's case heavily relies on Cohen’s testimony and credibility."

"In light of the reliance on the testimony from this repeated liar, we reiterate our concerns and ask what the Justice Department has done to hold Cohen accountable for his false statements to Congress," they added.

Comer and Jordan are far from being the only ones to highlight Cohen's penchant for deception, as Fox News host Gregg Jarrett recently described him as "a Pinocchio witness" whose "nose is already so elongated that he may have trouble navigating himself through the courtroom door."

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