Republican Representatives Jim Jordan (OH) and Mark Meadows (NC) referred Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for prosecution Thursday saying the former Trump lawyer committed perjury during Wednesday’s congressional hearing.
The referral 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.
Cohen already faces 3 years in federal prison for lying to banks, the IRS and Congress. This additional count could add another 5 years to that sentence.
Full Text of the Referral