Jordan and Meadows Seek Information about Michael Cohen’s Consulting, Lobbying, and Foreign Agent Work

Published: Feb 21, 2019

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 Lanny Davis, counsel for Michael Cohen, seeking additional information about Cohen’s questionable strategic consulting, lobbying, and foreign agent work.
Excerpts from the letter:
“Cohen is a convicted criminal who has admitted to crimes of deception and lies for his personal greed and ambition. Our Members have a number of questions they intend to pose Cohen; however, Chairman Elijah Cummings has refused to request material necessary to prepare for Cohen’s anticipated testimony. Therefore, we write to you to seek additional information about one facet of Cohen’s work: the strategic consulting, lobbying, and foreign agent work he sought to undertake after he was denied a staff position in President Trump’s White House.”
“Federal court records show how Cohen sought to use his association with President Trump for personal gain. According to the SDNY prosecutors, in January 2017, around the time of President Trump’s inauguration, Cohen began offering lobbying and consulting services to a number of companies. The prosecutors determined that Cohen ‘secured a substantial amount of consulting business for himself throughout 2017 by marketing to corporations what he claimed to be unique insights about and access to [President Trump].'”
“Despite collecting a handsome windfall, Cohen apparently performed little to no work. According to the SDNY prosecutors, ‘while Cohen made millions of dollars for these consulting arrangements, his promises of insight and access proved essentially hollow.’ Instead, it appears that Cohen leveraged his association with President Trump to attract and retain major corporate clients, produced no tangible results, and still walked away with millions of dollars.”
Full text of the letter can be viewed here.