Michael Cohen told House investigators this week that staff for Adam Schiff, D-Calif., traveled to New York four times to meet with him for over 10 hours immediately before his public testimony.
Republicans are questioning whether the meetings amounted to coaching a witness.
Fox reports that according to two sources familiar with the matter, “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.”
However, Republicans are not convinced, and Ohio Rep. Mike Turner sent a letter to Michael Cohen’s team on Wednesday demanding answers.
Ohio Rep. Mike Turner specifically asked for confirmation of Micheal 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.
Schiff was asked about the frequency of his contacts with Cohen on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” this weekend, and gave the number “seven” — but Schiff did not distinguish between the number of his own contacts with Cohen and the committee staff’s interactions with him.
Schiff asserted, “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 … but our staff certainly sat down to interview him, and that’s what you do in any credible investigation.”
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