Four lawyers connected to President Trump are being investigated by the House Intelligence Committee over allegations they helped the president’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, lie to Congress, The New York Times reports.
The House panel, according to the report, has requested documents from Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow, Donald Trump Jr. lawyer Alan S. Futerfas, the Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten; and Ivanka Trump lawyer Abbe Lowell.
This comes as the committee is looking into Michael Cohen’s claim from when he testified before Congress that Trump lawyers helped edit his false testimony, in which he said that Trump’s discussions to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended months before they really did. Their edits, he said, included suggested “additions.” Cohen is currently serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to lying to Congress and to campaign finance violations.
In a letter to attorneys representing the four individuals in question, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) writes that “it appears that your clients may have reviewed, shaped and edited the false statement that Cohen submitted to the committee,” per the Times. Schiff also raises the question of whether the lawyers dangled a pardon before Cohen to prevent him from cooperating.
The lawyers reportedly haven’t provided any of the documents the committee has requested, with an attorney for Sekulow saying Schiff is seeking a “truly needless dispute” and that this probe is “far afield from any proper legislative purpose.” But Schiff is reportedly ready to issue a subpoena if they don’t cooperate. Read the full report at The New York Times.