House Intel Committee Leaks to CNN: Cohen Gives Documents to House Panel on Trump Attorney Alleged Changes to 2017 Testimony
Adam Schiff, Michael Cohen
It appears serial leaker and liar House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff is once again leaking information to CNN during a closed-door testimony in an effort to attack President Trump with smears.
Michael Cohen appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday in a closed-door interview and CNN coincidentally received information as the hearing was taking place.
On Wednesday, CNN reported that Michael Cohen provided the House Intelligence Committee with documents showing alleged edits to his false written statement that he delivered to the Senate Intel Panel in 2017 about the Trump Organization’s efforts to potentially build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
CNN cited “multiple sources familiar with the matter,” on Wednesday as they played waterboy for House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff.
Michael Cohen on Wednesday provided the House Intelligence Committee with new documents showing edits to the false written statement he delivered to Congress in 2017 about the Trump Organization’s pursuit of the Trump Tower Moscow project into the 2016 campaign season, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
The documents Cohen provided are intended to further explain his public testimony last week, in which Cohen said that President Donald Trump’s then-personal lawyer Jay Sekulow made changes to his statement to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and that it was reviewed ahead of time by lawyers like Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the President’s daughter and son-in-law who are both White House advisers.
It’s unclear what Cohen’s documents show was specifically changed in the statement. Cohen is testifying Wednesday behind closed doors at the House Intelligence Committee.
“There were changes made, additions — Jay Sekulow, for one,” Cohen said last week. “There were several changes that were made including how we were going to handle that message, which was — the message of course being — the length of time that the Trump Tower Moscow project stayed and remained alive.”
Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow refuted Michael Cohen’s claims last week that lawyers for the President edited Cohen’s statement.
Sekulow said the “testimony by Michael Cohen that attorneys for the President edited or changed his statement to Congress to alter the duration of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations is completely false.”
UPDATE: Daily Caller reporter Chuck Ross says according to sources there were no nefarious edits to the testimony — in other words, this is yet another selective leak from the House Intel Panel which yielded another ‘botched’ story from CNN:
It is unclear what edits were allegedly made to Cohen’s testimony. But the implication of CNN’s report is that Trump’s lawyers potentially directed Cohen to lie to Congress.
But a source familiar with Cohen’s House Intel testimony tells TheDCNF there was nothing “nefarious” in the documents Cohen provided Wednesday.
“Documents show nothing nefarious at all. [The] January date for Trump Tower was in Cohen’s original draft and was not edited by lawyers,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of Cohen’s testimony.
Michael Cohen was sentenced to 36 months in prison in December for lying to Congress and other crimes related to his taxi medallion business and is scheduled to report to prison on May 6th.
Top GOP lawmakers criminally referred Michael Cohen to the Justice Department twice over statements he made to the House Oversight Committee last week.
Cohen was criminally referred by Reps. Meadows and Jordan for failing to file a FARA form for his foreign lobbying efforts and for ‘committing perjury.’
In the meantime, the Democrat-controlled House Intel Panel chaired by Adam Schiff will selectively leak information to CNN to harass and smear President Trump.
It is way past time for Adam Schiff to be removed from the House Intel Panel – Michael Cohen even said that he consulted with Adam Schiff and the Committee last week before he appeared for his testimony.
More selective leaks from House Intel to CNN. Adam Schiff has destroyed the credibility of HPSCI. No one in their right mind would appear before the committee until he recuses himself. https://t.co/0FVmYN9Tac
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) March 6, 2019