In a tantalizing exchange, Michael Cohen suggested Wednesday that there might be investigations ongoing in matters related to President Trump, beyond the hush money payments that Cohen pleaded guilty to, and the Russia probe.
Cohen declined to answer a House Oversight Committee lawmaker’s question about his last communication with President Trump, claiming that he had been instructed by Manhattan prosecutors not to discuss those communications.
Cohen said the topic was being investigated by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. The lawmaker, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) then asked if Cohen was aware of other illegal behavior or wrongdoing by Trump that the committee hadn’t discussed with him yet.
“Yes,” Cohen said. “Those are part of the investigation that’s currently being looked at by the Southern District of New York.”
Dem rep.: Is there “any other wrongdoing or illegal act” regarding Trump that hasn’t come up today?
Cohen: “Yes” pic.twitter.com/asUeBVQRmZ
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) February 27, 2019
Minutes later, a Republican lawmaker asked Cohen about terms of his plea deal that make possible a reduction in his prison sentence for his assistance to prosecutors.
“There are ongoing investigations currently being conducted that have nothing to do with this committee or Congress that I am assisting in,” Cohen said.