Jordan and Meadows Question Cohen’s So-Called Blind Loyalty to Trump

Published: Feb 19, 2019

Record Shows Cohen is motivated by his own “greed, ambition”

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Government Operations Subcommittee, sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) renewing their request for additional information from Mr. Cohen, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Justice to better assess Mr. Cohen’s credibility prior to his appearance before the Committee.

Excerpts from the letter:

“When Cohen appears before our Committee, we can only assume that he will continue his pattern of deceit and perjury. Although Cohen falsely attributes his crimes to “blind loyalty to Donald Trump,” a federal judge correctly noted that Cohen’s crimes were all motivated by his personal greed and ambition. Your willingness to bend to the will of Clinton operative Lanny J. Davis in holding this hearing-with an admitted serial liar as your first star witness-will make it impossible for any non-biased observer to avoid the conclusion that the Committee under your leadership is simply out to attack the President for partisan gain.”

“The purpose for which you have invited Michael Cohen to testify is, according Lanny J. Davis, to discuss personal anecdotes about President Trump. As articulated by Davis, Cohen’s appearance has no nexus to the Committee’s mission of overseeing the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of the federal government.”

“It is incumbent on our Committee to conduct our work thoroughly and responsibly. Michael Cohen’s crimes of deception for personal greed and ambition-and his instinct to blame others for his actions-call into question the truthfulness of every word he will utter at your first big hearing. We trust you understand the dire consequences to the reputation of the Committee if you allow Cohen to continue his pattern of deceit for his personal gain. Cohen may benefit personally from spreading innuendo and gossip, but a partisan media circus designed solely to attack the President is of no benefit to the Committee, its mission, or our constituents.”

Full text of the letter can be viewed here.