According to the Washington Times, GOP Representatives Jim Jordan (OH) and Mark Meadows (NC), two of President Donald Trump’s allies, encouraged the Department of Justice to investigate Michael Cohen for perjury. They are accusing Cohen of lying to Congress during his testimony on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee.
In a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr, they wrote: “In sum, Mr. Cohen’s testimony….was a spectacular and brazen attempt to knowing and willfully testify falsely and fictitiously to numerous material facts,” they wrote. “His testimony included intentionally false statements designed to make himself look better before a national stage.”
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, beginning in May, for lying to Congress in 2017.
The legislators said that Cohen lied when he said he “never defrauded any bank.” They referenced "his guilty plea to five counts of income tax evasion and one count of making false statements to a banking institution."
They also insisted that Cohen lied when he said he never sought a job at the White House. They cited documents that signaled his hope for a position in the administration. The representatives also provided text messages from those connected to Trump, who insist that Cohen lied when he said he did not want a job at the White House.
“There are other instances in which Mr. Cohen’s statements to the Committee were immediately contradicted by witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the subject matter,” the letter said.
Jordan and Cohen engaged in a heated exchange on Wednesday when Trump's former personal attorney accused the lawmaker of mischaracterizing his words in an effort to further tarnish his credibility: "Shame on you, Mr. Jordan," Cohen said.