House Republicans Refer Michael Cohen To DOJ For Allegedly Lying To Congress

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-KY) have sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland referring former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly lying to Congress under oath.

The letter cites at least six instances where Cohen is accused of making false statements during his testimony before the House Oversight Committee in February 2019.

The Republican chairmen also noted that they learned in 2023 that Cohen had lied again during a separate 2019 deposition before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). They expressed concern that Cohen’s testimony is now being used as the basis for a “politically motivated prosecution” of former President Donald Trump who is a declared candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

“We again request that the Justice Department investigate whether any of Mr Cohen’s testimony warrants another charge for violating 18 USC Sections 1001 or 1621” Jordan and Comer wrote in the letter. They also asked what the DOJ has done to hold Cohen accountable for his alleged false statements to Congress.

Cohen who served as Trump’s personal attorney for several years pleaded guilty to various crimes in 2018 including tax evasion lying to banks and Congress and violating campaign finance laws. He has since become a key witness in ongoing legal proceedings against the former president.