Republicans want the Justice Department to take the unusual step of bringing a perjury case without a congressional committee referral after Democrats blocked a resolution that accuses President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen of lying to Congress under oath.
Cohen is accused of lying last month to the House Oversight Committee about seeking a White House job and a presidential pardon, after pleading guilty last year to lying to Congress about a separate matter.
The blocked resolution, proposed by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, would have laid the groundwork for charges by expressing the committee’s opinion that Cohen lied. Although charges remain possible, the lack of committee action makes prosecution more difficult.
Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., declared the resolution out of order Thursday, and prevented a vote after saying in a Wednesday statement, “I do not see the need for further action — at least at this time.”
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