House Democrats release Cohen testimony on his claim Trump lawyers knew he lied to Congress ,
The Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday to release transcripts of its two-day closed-door
Interview with former Donald Trump fixer Michael Cohen , Interviews that highlighted Cohen’s claim that Trump’s lawyers edited his testimony and knew he lied to Congress about Trump’s business ties to Russia.
Following the vote, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., released a statement about the
Release of the transcripts along with information provided to the committee by Cohen. In March, Cohen told the House Oversight Committee that the president’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, changed his
2017 statement to the House and Senate intelligence committees regarding the duration of discussions about a potential Trump Tower Moscow project.
“You need to know that Mr. Trump’s personal lawyers reviewed and edited my statement to Congress about the
timing of the Moscow Tower negotiations before I gave it,” Cohen said.
Cohen also told the committee that he discussed pardons with Sekulow until he withdrew from the joint defense agreement with the president, and said he believed Trump was aware of the discussions.
Cohen said Sekulow asked him to stick with the January 2016 date to “distance Mr. Trump from any relationships, any contacts, anything to do with Russia.”
Cohen also told lawmakers that his then-attorney Stephen Ryan said that Abbe Lowell, a lawyer for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, had requested that he alter his statement to Congress to suggest that the president‘s eldest daughter had no role in the project.
Cohen testified under oath that he briefed members of the Trump family repeatedly about the Trump Tower Moscow effort. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.