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GOP lawmakers ask Justice Dept. to investigate Michael Cohen for perjury

Republican Reps. Jim Jordan, (R-Ohio) and  Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.)
Republican Reps. Jim Jordan, (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

GOP Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, two of President Trump’s staunchest supporters, asked the Justice Department Thursday to launch an investigation into the president’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen for perjury, claiming that he made false statements to Congress during his public testimony on Wednesday.

Details: Jordan, Meadows and other Republicans are using the hearing to taint Cohen’s credibility, referring to his previous guilty plea for lying to Congress. In the letter to DOJ, they wrote that Cohen lied when he said he "never defrauded any bank,” denied any foreign government ties and that he didn’t want to work in the White House. In a statement, Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis accused Meadows and Jordan of misusing "the criminal justice system with the aura of pure partisanship."

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