Top Republicans Call For DOJ Probe Into Cohen For Making False Statements To Congress

( – In an unexpected twist, top-ranking House Republicans Mike Turner, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, and Elise Stefanik, Chair of the House Republican Conference, have leveled serious accusations against Michael Cohen, former attorney to ex-President Trump. The duo has claimed that Cohen committed perjury and deliberately misled Congress with false statements during his 2019 testimonies.

In a letter addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday, the pair from Ohio and New York demanded an official probe into the incident. Their suspicions were aroused by Cohen’s recent testimony during a civil trial in New York, a non-jury affair connected to a lawsuit launched by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Trump, his kin, and the Trump Organization.

In response to these charges, Trump has consistently rejected any allegations of misconduct, insisting that his assets have been undervalued. He has also stressed that his financial statements contained disclaimers, urging banks to verify the figures.

The letter, by Stefanik and Turner, points to “compelling evidence that Michael D. Cohen appears to have knowingly made false statements and committed perjury while testifying under They further alleged that Cohen confessed during his October 25, 2023, testimony in the trial of People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump et al. that his previous testimonies to the Committee were intentionally deceptive.

The duo drew attention to Cohen’s 2019 testimony, where he was asked if Trump had directed him or Allen Weiselberg, former CFO of the Trump Organization, to inflate financial figures for his statement. Cohen’s response to the House Intelligence Committee at that time was a denial.

When questioned about his honesty during the 2019 House Intelligence Committee testimony, Cohen admitted, “No.” Trump’s legal representative, Alina Habba, further probed, “So you lied under oath in February of 2019? Is that your testimony?” Cohen responded affirmatively.

This confession has raised eyebrows among the House Republicans, who pointed out the apparent inconsistency between Cohen’s testimonies in New York and before the Committee. They expressed their shock in the letter to Garland, emphasizing that Cohen’s candid admission of lying to Congress necessitates an investigation.

In response to these allegations, Cohen accused Stefanik and Turner of aiding Trump in witness tampering and obstructing justice. He dismissed their demands as baseless and accused the duo of ignoring the nuances in the questions asked during his testimony.

In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to charges of campaign finance violations, making false statements to Congress, and tax evasion, which led to a three-year prison sentence. He maintains his innocence in this latest round of allegations.

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