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Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings Warns: Cohen Has ‘A Lot to Lose’ If He Lies Today

The issue of Michael Cohen‘s credibility was raised pretty early on in today’s hearing––before Cohen even spoke––and Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings addressed it in his opening statement.

“Mr. Cohen’s testimony raises grave questions about the legality of Donald Trump’s conduct, and the truthfulness of statements while he was president,” Cummings said. “We need to assess and investigate this new evidence as we uphold our constitutional oversight responsibilities.”

He particularly emphasized this warning about the consequences of Cohen lying today:

“I have made it abundantly clear to Mr. Cohen that if he comes here today and he does not… tell us the truth, I will be the first one to refer those untruthful statements to DOJ. So when people say he doesn’t have anything to lose, he does have a lot to lose if he lies.”

You can watch above, via MSNBC.

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