A new report revealed on Tuesday that the House Intelligence Committee has launched an investigation to see whether Donald Trump’s lawyers helped him obstruct justice in the Russia investigation.
According to the New York Times, the investigation was prompted after Trump’s former “fixer” told Congress that lawyers had edited false testimony he provided to Congress in 2017 about the Trump Tower Moscow project.
Cohen also noted that Trump’s lawyers would “dangle” potential pardons to try and secure Cohen’s loyalty to the president.
According to the Times, the House Intelligence Committee is now investigating to see whether Trump’s lawyers did similar things to other witnesses who testified before Congress.
So far the lawyers that have been called are Jay Sekulow, who represents the president; Alan S. Futerfas, who represents Donald Trump Jr.; Alan Garten, the top lawyer at the Trump Organization; and Abbe D. Lowell, who represents Ivanka Trump, according to the report.
“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,” wrote Intelligence Committee chair, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) in a letter to the men.
“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,” it goes on to say.
The Trump lawyers are denying everything and calling the investigation a political move.
“Instead of addressing important intelligence needs, the House Intelligence Committee appears to seek a truly needless dispute — this one with private attorneys — that would force them to violate privileges and ethical rules,” Patrick Strawbridge, who represents Sekulow, told The Times. “As committed defense lawyers, we will respect the constitution and defend the attorney-client privilege — one of the oldest and most sacred privileges in the law.”