Ranking Member Jordan Statement on Cohen Hearing

Published: Feb 21, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the following statement after the announcement of Michael Cohen’s scheduled appearance before the Committee on Wednesday, February 27th:

“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. 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.”

“Our system of justice only works when people tell the truth,” Mr. Jordan continued. “That’s why the law provides severe criminal penalties for misleading those entrusted by the public with safeguarding our Constitutional system of government. Mr. Cohen cannot be trusted to partake in honest fact-finding before our body. He’s said so himself – to a federal judge – when he plead guilty to lying to Congress.Yet, Chairman Cummings is providing a Congressional forum for Mr. Cohen to avenge his grudge with the president and further feed his insatiable desire for celebrity while being a patsy for political aims of the far left.”

“Moreover, I have serious process concerns with this hearing,” Mr. Jordan said. “No one should be scared of the truth, but everyone should be scared when the deck is stacked in favor of a liar. The Chairman indicated that he will be limiting the topics of the hearing to only a few areas of inquiry – all serving his interest in finding grounds for impeachment. I will not stand by quietly while an admitted liar comes before the Committee. Our Members intend to question Mr. Cohen about the crimes he pleaded guilty to, other criminal activity he participated in but refused to disclose, his international financial dealings, and a long list of other probative activities.”