Tennessee Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) and the other Republican members on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform introduced a resolution on Wednesday demanding that committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) send the transcript from President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen’s February testimony to the Department of Justice.
Green — a former Army officer and the freshman representative for Tennessee’s Seventh District — introduced a resolution to the House on Wednesday calling on Cummings to transmit the testimony transcript from Cohen’s House Oversight hearing on February 27.
The Tennessee congressman appeared next to fellow House Republicans — including House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Oversight Ranking Member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) — at a press conference regarding the legislation, where he came out of the gate swinging:
“We are making a simple request today: that Democrats protect the integrity of the House of Representatives and refer Michael Cohen to the Department of Justice for perjury. Why is this controversial? Michael Cohen swore under oath to tell the truth before the House Oversight Committee, but he lied. And multiple times.”
Watch the press conference here:
“Ranking Member Jordan and the rest of us warned the Democrats that we couldn’t trust a man who’s going to jail for lying to Congress,” Green continued. “That’s just common sense.”
Green also added that the Democrats took Cohen’s bait to return to testify again “hook, line, and sinker.”
The Tennessee Republican continued on to bring up Cummings’ promise to “nail [Cohen] to the cross” should he commit perjury again.
In an official statement, Green raised the concern that inaction by the chairman regarding Cohen’s alleged perjury would “forever mar” the committee’s reputation.
“If Chairman Cummings fails to refer Mr. Cohen to the Department of Justice for perjury, it will forever mar the reputation of the Oversight committee and call into question the integrity of the entire House. Mr. Chairman, do what you said you’d do and hold Mr. Cohen accountable for lying before our committee.”
The resolution alleges that Cohen — President Trump’s former “fixer” — lied to Congress again during his February hearing when he said that he “never asked for” a pardon from the president.
It also states that sending the document to the Justice Department would help “aid the Attorney General’s consideration of investigation and potential prosecution.”
Last month, Jordan introduced a resolution to the House Oversight Committee during a hearing that called on the Justice Department to prosecute Cohen, as IJR Red previously reported.