House Oversight Committee Republicans on Wednesday introduced a resolution, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07), that directs Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD-07) to submit an official copy of the transcript of Michael Cohen’s testimony to the Department of Justice for investigation and potential prosecution.
Full text of the resolution can be found here.
“If Chairman Cummings fails to refer Mr. Cohen to the Department of Justice for perjury, it will forever mar the reputation of the Oversight Committee and call into question the integrity of the entire House. Mr. Chairman, do what you said you’d do and hold Mr. Cohen accountable for lying before our committee,” Green said in a press release.
Green has been a critic of Cohen’s in the past.
On March 2, on the Tennessee Star Report with Steve Gill and Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 am to 8:00 am – Gill and Leahy talked to Green about his opening statements and questions posed to Michael Cohen during the hearing in Washington the day before. The congressman admitted that this was a strategic move that would allow a light to be shown on the true intentions of the Democrats.
The transcript is available here.
Cohen had testified against President Donald Trump in front of the U.S. House Oversight Committee. Cohen spoke of Trump’s alleged payoffs and other alleged illegal acts. However, Green gave a blistering speech pointing out Cohen’s troubles.
Let it sink in. He’s going to prison for lying to Congress, and he’s the star witness to Congress.
If you read the sentencing report on Mr. Cohen, words like deceptive and greedy are scattered throughout that report.
Green’s press release provided a list of background points on Cohen:
On February 27, 2019, Michael Cohen falsely testified during sworn testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
On February 28, 2019, Ranking Member Jim Jordan and Representative Mark Meadows sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr referring Michael Cohen for investigation and potential prosecution.
On March 8, 2019, Ranking Member Jim Jordan and Representative Mark Meadows sent a letter to Michael Cohen’s attorney concerning contradictions between Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee and media statements made by House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.
On March 13, 2019, Ranking Member Jim Jordan and Representative Mark Meadows sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings urging him to refer Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for perjury.
On March 14, 2019, Ranking Member Jim Jordan offered a Committee resolution to refer Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for perjury.
On April 2, 2019, Ranking Member Jim Jordan and Representative Mark Meadows sent a letter to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and Ranking Member Devin Nunes requesting access to transcripts of Michael Cohen’s closed-door testimony on February 28, 2019, and March 6, 2019.
On April 2, 2019, Dr. Green offered a Committee resolution to refer Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for perjury.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.
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