Conservative Mark Green (R-TN) sponsored a measure to require the House Oversight Committee to forward a transcript of Michael Cohen’s remarks to DOJ for investigation, alleging that Cohen had perjured himself by lying to Congress. That measure was tabled today by a 286-183 vote. The Hill:
Green introduced the privileged resolution on Tuesday, which provides the majority 48 hours to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
Republicans said Cohen lied when he repeatedly told members that he he “never” asked for a pardon from President Trump.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in December for a series of crimes including lying to Congress and campaign finance violations for orchestrating payments to women who allegedly had affairs with the president to remain silent during the 2016 election.
Cohen is soon to begin his three year sentence.
The irony of Green’s actions here, is that while he’s trying to get back at Michael Cohen, William Barr is testifying before the Senate, on issues of considerably more gravity than whether he and Trump ever discussed the issue of a pardon. That’s where attention to potential perjury should be directed, to Barr’s words, and not chasing down the dead horse of the Cohen story, to beat it some more. But then, deflection is the watchword in the Era of Trump.