Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley slammed Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson this week; saying the man behind the ‘Trump Dossier’ gave “extremely misleading” testimony to Congress.
“I hope that the Justice Department is handling all these instances of false statements to Congress with the same level of seriousness they treated Mr. Cohen’s,” Grassley wrote in a letter released Monday.
“Mr. Cohen did plead guilty to lying to Congress, and must be held to account for doing so. Congress must be able to get true information from witnesses in order to perform its constitutional duties. In the heated political environment surrounding the Russia investigation, it is also important to understand what Mr. Cohen specifically did, and did not, lie about, and not to draw unwarranted conclusions,” Grassley added.
Read Grassley’s full letter here.
COHEN STRIKES A DEAL: Trump’s Former Attorney to Plead Guilty to Financial Fraud
President Trump’s former personal attorney is expected to strike a deal with federal prosecutors and plead guilty as early as Tuesday afternoon, Fox News has learned.
Inside sources say Michael Cohen’s decision “moved swiftly” as investigators probed possible charges of campaign finance abuse, bank fraud, and other violations.
According to the New York Times, the deal “does not involve a cooperation agreement with prosecutors.”
“Cohen is scheduled to appear at a New York federal court hearing at 4 p.m. ET. The Associated Press reports that he will plead guilty to charges including campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax evasion,” writes Fox.
“Cohen’s offices were raided in April by federal investigators looking into his financial dealings,” adds the site.
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JARRETT: Cohen Guilty Plea DOES NOTHING to Show Wrongdoing by Trump
Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett threw cold-water on the mainstream media’s full-fledged frenzy surrounding Michael Cohen’s guilty plea Thursday, saying his new deal with Robert Mueller does “absolutely nothing” to show any wrongdoing by the President.
“President Trump’s disgraced former personal lawyer Michael Cohen’s guilty plea to lying to Congress about a possible Trump Organization real estate project in Moscow that never materialized is not worth much – except to Cohen,” writes Jarrett.
“Before his newest guilty plea Thursday, Cohen – already a confessed liar and criminal – pleaded guilty in August to violating campaign finance laws, multiple counts of tax evasion and bank fraud dealing with his personal finances,” he adds.
“The double standard should be obvious to all. If you’re a government official without ties to Donald Trump, you can lie, make mistakes or fail to remember things correctly and face no legal consequences. But if you’re a private citizen – especially if you’re connected to Trump – you’ll be threatened with prosecution and the prospect of spending time behind bars,” writes Jarrett.
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