Jordan urges Cummings to seek additional documents and testimony from FBI and DOJ before Cohen Hearing

Published: Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) urging him to seek additional documents and testimony from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Mr. Cohen before his scheduled public testimony.

Excerpts from the letter:

“In contrast with your statement expressing, “no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations,” one of your first moves as Chairman was to announce a hearing to bring in Michael Cohen, a witness in two high-profile federal criminal investigations, one by the Special Counsel and the other by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.”

“This past July you urged the Committee to “protect the integrity of the Special Counsel’s ongoing criminal investigation.” Your colleagues have likewise emphasized the importance of not interfering with the Special Counsel. In July then-Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler asked then-Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, “Are we no longer going to wait until Special Counsel Mueller concludes his work, Mr. Chairman?” Democrats’ turnabout here is remarkable.”

“It is incumbent on our Committee to conduct our work thoroughly and responsibly. I hope you will work with me and the minority to avoid an unproductive and chaotic hearing. If you are going to provide a platform for this convicted felon and perjurer, we ought to ensure we have the necessary information to prepare to question him.”

Full text of the letter can be viewed here.