Michael Cohen, the former attorney for President Donald Trump, apparently colluded with Rep. Adam Schiff before his testimony in front of Congress.
The staff for the Intelligence Committee Chairman flew to New York to meet with him four times, for more than 10 hours, Cohen told Congress, Fox News reported.
The sources said the sessions covered a slew of topics addressed during the public hearing before the oversight committee — including the National Enquirer’s “Catch and Kill” policy, American Media CEO David Pecker and the alleged undervaluing of President Trump’s assets.
But, Republicans have signaled they’re not convinced, with Ohio Rep. Mike Turner sending a letter to Cohen’s team on Wednesday demanding answers.
‘No matter how much witness tampering you do, you’re not going to find collusion,’ the Republican tells ‘Fox & Friends’ after sources say President Trump’s former personal attorney met with the Intelligence Committee chairman for hours before testifying.
Turner specifically asked for confirmation of Cohen’s contacts, if any, “with Democratic Members or Democratic staff of SSCI [Senate Select Committee on Intelligence], COR [House Committee on Oversight and Reform], or HPSCI [House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence] prior to his appearances before House and Senate committees last week” — as well as the lengths of such contacts, their locations and who exactly was involved.
“These questions are important for the public to understand whether or not they were watching witness testimony, a public hearing, or well-rehearsed theater,” he wrote.
During last month’s seven-hour public hearing before the House Oversight Committee, Cohen hesitantly acknowledged, under questioning from Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, that he had spoken with Schiff “about topics that were going to be raised at the upcoming hearing.”
Then in front of Congress and America, Cohen answered questions specifically about the topics he was coached on by Rep. Schiff’s staff.
“I was involved in several of these catch-and-kill episodes,” he told Rep. Carolyn Maloney. “But these catch-and-kill scenarios existed between David Pecker and Mr. Trump long before I started working in 2007.”
Cohen answered “Yes” when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez asked him “To your knowledge, did the president ever provide inflated assets to an insurance company?”
“Who else knows that the president did this?” Ocasio-Cortez asked to which Schiff already knew the answer.
“Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari,” he said. “You deflate the value of the asset and then you put in a request to the tax department for a deduction.”
Schiff did his best to defend himself in spite of how dirty his tactics look, in a statement to Fox News on the topic.
“The extent of my contact was just inviting him to testify and also trying to allay his concerns about the president’s threats against him and his family,” he said.
“But our staff certainly sat down to interview him, and that’s what you do in any credible investigation,” he said.