Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik co-led a letter with House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) to Attorney General Merrick Garland following up on a criminal referral sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in November demanding the DOJ launch a criminal investigation into whether Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly making false statements while testifying under oath during his deposition before Congress on February 28, 2019.

“The Biden Administration’s attempts to stonewall this investigation is yet another example of Biden’s lawfare against President Trump,” said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. “It’s time Joe Biden stop weaponizing the federal government against his leading political opponent."

“Michael Cohen has no credibility. He is an admitted liar,” said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner. 

The lawmakers state, “To date, we received no response from the Biden Justice Department regarding this criminal referral. This is unacceptable. The Biden Justice Department eagerly prosecuted two different former Trump senior presidential advisors—Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro—for contesting the lawfulness of a subpoena. In fact, the Biden Justice Department brought the first contempt-of-Congress prosecutions seen in nearly forty years. Perjury and false statements before Congress are crimes that undermine the integrity of the constitutional duty to conduct oversight and inquiries—far more so than contesting the lawfulness of a subpoena. Yet, despite an admission from Mr. Cohen that he lied under oath to Congress, the Biden Justice Department did nothing.”

The lawmakers continued, “The double standard is glaring. The obvious implication is that you have politicized and weaponized the Biden Justice Department to help your boss and hurt his political enemy. You are trying to protect the reputation of an admitted perjurer, one who just so happens to be set to testify against former President Trump in New York.”

Find the full letter here.