Top House Democrat Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) indicated on Sunday that she expects House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to refer President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for potential perjury during his recent public testimony.
Hill, who is a member of the House Oversight Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that she isn’t sure if Cohen was telling the truth or lying when he claimed he never wanted a job in the White House, but she thinks Cummings “will end up referring” Cohen to the DOJ nonetheless.
“I don’t know if he lied or not,” she said. “I think that this is, Chairman Cummings is incredibly deliberate. I know that he’s reviewing the entire testimony, all the transcripts with [ranking member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)], who also is going to make sure that we get to the bottom of this.”
Additionally, Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis may have contradicted his client’s claims under oath after revealing Cohen had directed one of his lawyers to ask about receiving a pardon from President Trump. The president, however, has asserted that Cohen made the request himself, which Cohen has denied.
Again, Hill said she wasn’t sure “how that went down exactly,” but still thinks it an investigation is inevitable.
“I would imagine that in the panic that was going on when you’re about to go down, right, that you’re going to say like ‘yeah, figure out whatever you can do,'” Hill said. “And I imagine that Chairman Cummings will end up referring him. That’s just my guess.”
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“When Chairman Cummings says something like ‘I’m going to nail you to the cross,’ he means it,” she added, referring to Cummings’ warning for Cohen at the beginning of his hearing.
Hill’s prediction comes after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) already slapped Cohen with a perjury referral after his testimony, claiming he lied to Congress to “make himself look better” and pointing to six lies they believe he told, as IJR Red reported.
Cohen is facing three years in prison for tax fraud, campaign finance law violations and perjury after allegedly lying to Congress about the timing of a Trump Tower project in Moscow, Russia.