The Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether attorneys representing President Donald Trump, his family and the Trump Organization tried to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation by helping Michael Cohen lie to Congress, The New York Times reports.
The panel, led by Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in March requested documents and testimony related to the crafting of Cohen's 2017 statement to the committee and any discussions of presidential pardons.
The requests were sent to Jay Sekulow, Trump's personal attorney, Alan Futerfas, Donald Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Garten, the Trump Organization's top lawyer, and Abbe Lowell, Ivanka Trump's attorney.
"Among other things, it appears that your clients may have reviewed, shaped, and edited the false statement that Cohen submitted to the Committee, including causing the omission of material facts," Schiff wrote in a May 3 letter per the Times. "In addition, certain of your clients may have engaged in discussions about potential pardons in an effort to deter one or more witnesses from cooperating with authorized investigations."
Cohen lied about the length of the discussions surrounding a Trump Tower Moscow project when he testified before Congress in 2017. He later told lawmakers his statement was false and had been edited by attorneys representing Trump and his team.
An attorney for Sekulow said Schiff was pursuing "a truly needless dispute — this one with private attorneys — that would force them to violate privileges and ethical rules."
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