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Republicans ask Cummings to refer Cohen to DOJ for perjury investigation

Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) plan to send a letter to chairman Elijah Cummings Wednesday afternoon urging him to refer Michael Cohen to the Justice Department for a perjury investigation.

The backdrop: Cohen testified before the committee last month that he had "never asked for, nor would [he] accept, a pardon" from the president. Trump later tweeted that Cohen had "directly asked" him for a pardon.

Lanny Davis explains the "two Michael Cohens"

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Michael Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis told Axios that Cohen and his legal team "blame ourselves, not anybody else," for not clearly explaining what he called the "two Michael Cohens."

Why it matters: Cohen attorney‘s Michael Monico sent a letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings Tuesday night clarifying that Cohen never asked President Trump to grant him a pardon, despite Trump tweeting that Cohen had "directly asked." The letter comes amid questions whether Cohen lied again to Congress.

First look: Kavanaugh defenders team up on new book

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Jabin Botsford - Pool/Getty Images

Brett Kavanaugh's defenders have a new project: a book to preempt several forthcoming books expected to describe allegations of sexual assault and their bearing on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Details: Carrie Severino and Mollie Hemingway — of Judicial Crisis Network and The Federalist, respectively — tell us they will release a book this summer offering a sympathetic, insider account of Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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