Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was quick to call into question Democrats’ motivations for bringing in Michael Cohen — “an admitted liar,” as Jordan called him — to testify before the House Oversight Committee.
In a statement on Thursday, Jordan claimed Cohen’s congressional interview was just the Democrats’ first step in a larger plan to impeach President Trump. He said it was also giving Trump’s former lawyer a platform to “avenge his grudge with the President and further feed his insatiable desire for celebrity.”
“I am disappointed and disheartened that Chairman Cummings’s first major hearing will feature Michael Cohen as phase one of the Democrats’ coordinated campaign to remove the President from office,” Jordan said in his statement. “Giving a platform to Mr. Cohen is beneath the dignity of the Congress and I am saddened that Democrats have sunk so low as to promote an admitted liar just to satisfy Tom Steyer and the political forces on the left who will settle for nothing less than impeachment. This charade is an affront to our Committee’s constitutional obligations.”
Cohen originally canceled his appearance before Congress — after he was sentenced to serve three years in prison for various financial crimes — because he was concerned about his family’s safety following Twitter threats against his father-in-law from Trump. Earlier this week, a judge delayed the date that Cohen has to arrive to prison by two months and Cohen agreed to appear before the Oversight Committee next week.