House Republicans are pushing the Justice Department to investigate former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen after the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight Committee blocked a resolution that would accuse him of perjury.
The Washington Examiner reported that House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) blocked a resolution brought by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that would officially accuse Cohen of lying to Congress again during his headline-grabbing public testimony in late February.
The now-blocked resolution “would have laid the groundwork for charges by expressing the committee’s opinion that Cohen lied,” the report noted. “Although charges remain possible, the lack of committee action makes prosecution more difficult.”
Cummings denied the resolution after saying in a statement that he does not “see the need for further action — at least at this time.”
A spokesperson for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the Republican congressman whose fiery rhetoric during the Cohen hearing garnered headlines of its own, said the two oversight committee members have met with Attorney General Bill Barr to discuss the unusual step of bringing a perjury case without committee referral.