But now the Republicans are kicking up a fuss! The question arises: Is Burr’s blustering here just an act following the revelation that Cohen was well enough to dine out two nights in a row while claiming to be too ill to testify? – or is Burr genuinely p.o.'d? So p.o.'d that he actually blurted out that the committee may “help him go to prison.” What’s that all about?
Important Note: This is actually two-articles-in-one. A second newsworthy item is buried halfway through – I’ve included it at the end of this post.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s Republican chairman lashed out Tuesday at President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, after a photo surfaced of Cohen enjoying a dinner out — just before canceling a planned interview with lawmakers, citing medical issues.
“Any good will that might have existed in the committee with Michael Cohen is now gone,” chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said, reacting to the image, shared on Twitter, showing that Cohen was hugging friends Sunday at L’Avenue restaurant in Manhattan.
“He was having a wild night Saturday night out in New York with five buddies. Didn’t seem to have any physical limitations, and he was out with his wife last night,” Burr noted, adding that “the way he’s positioning himself, not coming to the committee, we may have to help him go to prison.”
And here’s the other notable in this article:
House Judiciary Committee leaders announced the hire of two high-profile lawyers to serve as consultants: Norm Eisen, co-founder of government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and Barry Berke, a partner at the New York law firm of Kramer Levin who is a well-known expert in corruption and criminal law.
The additions signal that the committee plans to devote considerable attention to questions of ethics, corruption and possible obstruction of justice — particularly after Mueller concludes his investigation. Berke’s established profile in New York legal circles also could be a valuable resource as congressional investigators scrutinize Trump’s corporate transactions, such as the pursuit of a Trump Tower project in Moscow. …
The Judiciary Committee is the House’s primary panel responsible for overseeing the Justice Department, a broad jurisdiction that includes immigration policy and election laws, and any lines of inquiry relevant to the special counsel’s investigation, FBI inquiries and related cases being tried in federal courts nationwide. It is also the panel in which any impeachment proceedings would originate.