GOP Representatives Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows officially referred the President’s former lawyer to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution Thursday; saying Michael Cohen committed perjury during Wednesday’s congressional hearing.
The scathing letter labeled Cohen’s appearance a “spectacular and brazen attempt to knowing and willfully testify falsely and fictitiously to numerous material facts.”
“Mr. Cohen’s testimony before the Committee at times was in direct contradiction to assertions contained in pleadings authored by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York,” stated the letter sent to recently-confirmed Attorney General William Barr.
“We write to refer significant evidence that Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly made false statements during his testimony before an Oversight and Reform Committee,” adds the statement.
Read the full letter here.
DEVELOPING: Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison After Pleading Guilty to Multiple Charges
Cohen stood before US District Judge William Pauley III as he was sentenced to 36 months of incarceration for “lying to Congress,” tax evasion, and campaign finance violations, and must turn himself over to authorities on March 6th.
Addressing the court, Cohen said he takes “full responsibility for each act… The sooner I am sentenced, the sooner I can return to my family.”
“In the New York case, prosecutors accused Cohen of a years-long ‘tax evasion scheme’ to avoid paying federal income taxes on more than $4 million made through a number of ventures, including through his ownership of taxi medallions, his selling of real estate in Florida and his consulting work for other clients,” writes Fox News.
Read the full story here.
Sean Hannity on Media Coverage of Michael Cohen in US District Court Before Judge Kimba Wood
Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.
I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they never involved any matter between me and a third-party.
In response to some wild speculation, let me make clear that I did not ask Michael Cohen to bring this proceeding on my behalf, I have no personal interest in this proceeding, and, in fact, asked that my de minimis discussions with Michael Cohen, which dealt almost exclusively about real estate, not be made a part of this proceeding.