Michael Cohen faces ever-growing criticism of apparent inconsistencies in his testimony before the House Oversight Committee last week regarding his statements of everything from a potential excuse to Trump Tower Moscow project for its prospects for a job in the Trump administration.
The former personal lawyer to President Trump dished to lawmakers on a number of scandals associated with the president, which gave the Democrats many links with potential misdemeanors in the President's business relations and more. In the wake of the testimony, several committees have set up their anti-Trump investigations. But Cohen's testimony has, after all, been challenged on several fronts, with some Republicans claims he has done an injury.
"As I warned before Mr Coh's appearance before the Supervisory Committee, relying on an admitted liar to attack the president, lies under the dignity of the House, said Commissioner's ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in a statement Thursday, calling on chairman Elijah Cummings, D – To attend his call for a Justice Ministry's review of Coh's testimony.
A section of Coh's testimony that came under control was his claim that he "never asked for or wanted [he] accept, an apology from Mr. Trump. "
But on Thursday, Coh's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said Cohen was "open to the ongoing" dangling "of a possible excuse from the Trump representatives privately and in the media." Davis also said that Cohen "instructed his lawyer to investigate the possibilities of a forgiveness at a time with Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as other lawyers advising President Trump."
However, Davis, defending his client's credibility, said that since July 2, 2018, when he began to represent Cohen, he said he "would never accept an apology from President Trump even though he offered it."
"It continues to be the case," Davis said. "And his statement in Oversight Hearing was true and consistent with his post-joint defense commitment to tell the truth."
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani blasted Cohen on Twitter Thursday.
"Never never never means after July 2, 2018, which is the latest deception. Another perjury and more prison," Giuliani tweeted and later added: "The defense now that Cohen says under oath that he has never asked for forgiveness is a Well-known; what is the point of never. Serial liars often often try for the same deception. Let us hope that Congress and DOJ are concerned that Cohen does not respect them by perjurying repeatedly. "
Giuliani added: "I'm still waiting for the house Dems to demand a prosecution for the man who fooled them by lying under oath. Do they break the truth? Or will it be at all costs, even to their own integrity ? "
On Friday, President Trump Cohen blew up and confirmed he refused Coh's request for congratulations.
"Bad lawyer and cheater Michael Cohen said vigorously that he never asked for an apology, his lawyers completely opposed him. He lied! He also asked me forgiveness directly, I said no. He lied again! like to work at the White House. He lied! "Trump tweeted.
Cummings, during a committee hearing on a separate issue on Thursday, said he was a "conscious" person and would look at Coh's testimony when challenged by Jordan. A Cummings spokesperson did not respond to Fox News & # 39; timeline comment on when he could review the hearing transcription.
Meanwhile, Cohen has been criticized for his allegedly working in Trump White House. At the hearing last week, Jordan accused Cohen of turning on the president because he did not land a job in the White House. Cohen denied this and said he would just be "the personal lawyer for the president."
"I got exactly what I wanted," Cohen knew.
At the hearing, the President's sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump to celebrate Cohen on Twitter.
"Michael was lobbying ALL to be & # 39; Chief of Staff. & # 39; It was the biggest joke in the campaign and around the office. Did he just do it again?" Eric Trump tweeted last week.
Shortly thereafter, Davis acknowledged that Cohen was in fact at one time with regard to the opportunity to work in the White House.
"The fact is early, Michael Cohen wondered about a possible position in the White House," Davis said in a statement. "But after consulting with his family and friends, he decided that he preferred to stay home in New York City and be a personal lawyer for the president."
Another disagreement is related to the Trump Tower project in Moscow. Cohen goes to prison partly to lie to the congress during a closed door consultation with the Senate's intelligence committee in 2017 on the timeline of communication with Russia on the project. Cohen originally told that the committee's communication ended before the first competition in the 2016 season, but later admitted to continuing in June 2016, after Trump had become the Republican candidate.
During last week's hearing, Cohen told the committee that Trump's lawyers, including Jay Sekulow, were reviewing and outlining the statement he gave to the 2017 convention on the project, including on the timeline of the discussion.
But Sekulow said in a statement after the hearing last week that "the testimony of Michael Cohen, who lawyers for the president edited or changed his statement to Congress to change the duration of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations is completely false."
And Fox News reported Wednesday that the records show "the original date in the original draft" to Coh's false congressional testimony to the conclusion of the failed negotiations in Moscow in January 2016 – undercutting allegations that Trump's lawyers have made changes to change the timeline of the negotiation.
The issues that arise since the testimony speaks to the concerns expressed by Republican legislators when Cohen was before the panel last week.
"It is the first time a convicted perjure has been brought back to be a star science during a hearing and there is a reason why this is a first because no other committee would do it," Jordan said in his last statement. week and took a weld at Cummings.
Cohn's testimony of dragging the president as a conman also came under question after the revelations of a book proposal he was dealing with just weeks before the FBI raided his office as part of the US lawyer for the southern part of New York's criminal investigation into his personal business relations.
The book suggestsI have reportedly portrayed Trump in a positive light and counteracted negative descriptions of his then boss.
"All these things have been said about my longtime boss, Donald J. Trump. None of that is true," the proposal said.
Cohen testified that Trump was a "racist" a "conman" and a cheat. "
Trump, himself, weighed on Coh's testimony.
"Book is exactly the opposite of his false testimony, which is now a lie!" Trump, partially tweeted last week. "The congress will require the printing of Michael Coh's new book, which has been published shortly before. Your heads will spin when you see lies, false representations, and contradictions to his Thursday testimony. Like another person! He is completely discredited! "
Davis replied in response to the reports in a statement: "Once in early 2018, Mr. Cohen was offered a significant advance on a proposal for a book on understanding Donald Trump. Mr. Cohen ultimately chose not to continue. in other words, POTUS has still lied again … but what is the difference between 9000 or 9001 lies? "
Fox News & Gregg Re, Catherine Herridge and Kristin Brown have contributed to this report.