House Republicans recently issued a criminal referral against former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for his testimony in the former president’s New York fraud trial via The Poch Times.
The letter, which was sent by House Intelligence Chairman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), said that Mr. Cohen committed perjury and “knowingly made false statements” before a congressional panel several years ago.
“That Mr. Cohen was willing to openly and brazenly state at trial that he lied to Congress on this specific issue is startling,” the referral letter stated. “His willingness to make such a statement alone should necessitate an investigation.”
In sworn evidence before a House panel a few days ago, Mr. Cohen admitted to lying to the court about how he handled former President Donald Trump’s business operations. The letter requests that Attorney General Merrick Garland look into Mr. Cohen’s claims.
When he claimed that neither President Trump nor a previous top financial officer of the Trump Organization instructed him to exaggerate figures on the former president’s personal financial statements, he admitted to making false statements when testifying under oath.
During questioning during the trial, Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba asked Mr. Cohen: “So you lied under oath in February of 2019? Is that your testimony?” He responded, “Yes.”
“Mr. Cohen, were you being honest in front of the Permanent Select Committee when you testified on Feb. 28, 2019?” Ms. Habba also asked. Mr. Cohen replied, “No.”