Cohen Accused Of Perjury; Made “Numerous Willfully And Intentionally False Statements”: GOP Lawmakers

Thursday, February 28, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 02/28/2019

Michael Cohen has been accused of committing perjury and making “numerous wilfully and intentionally false statements of material fact” during Wednesday testimony in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

In a criminal referral letter to Attorney General William Barr, Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) said that President Trump’s former personal attorney was “at times in direct contradiction to assertions contained in pleadings authored by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).”

In other instances, Cohen’s statements were “immediately contradicted by witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the subject matter.”

Via the letter (in part):

1. Several times during his testimony, Mr. Cohen denied committing various fraudulent acts that he has pleaded guilty to in federal court. Specifically, Mr. Cohen said “I never defrauded any bank.” These denials are intentionally false. Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of income tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a banking institution, one count of causing an unlawful corporate contribution, one count of excessive campaign contribution, and one count of making false statements to Congress.

2. Mr. Cohen repeatedly testified that he did not seek employment in the White House following President Trump’s election. This is demonstrably, materially, and intentionally false. This testimony is in direct conflict with court filings made by the United States Attorney’s Office for the SDNY, which state:

During and after the campaign, Cohen privately told friends and colleagues, including in seized text messages, that he expected to be given a prominent role and title in the new administration. When that did not materialize, Cohen found a way to monetize his relationship with and access to the President.

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