Swalwell: 'Circumstantial evidence' Michael Cohen told more lies to committee

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellRoger Stone challenges Dems to produce WikiLeaks evidence The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Dem leaders spar before cameras at meeting over border wall | Senate to vote on criminal justice bill | Google chief gets grilling California dreamin’ in the 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) said he has “circumstantial evidence” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE’s former lawyer Michael Cohen told more lies to his committee than he pleaded guilty to.

CNN host Poppy Harlow pressed the California Democrat on whether he had any “hard evidence” that Cohen lied to his committee, to which he told her he had only “circumstantial evidence.”


“We have strong evidence that Trump and Cohen talked almost daily about campaign stuff,” Swalwell said on CNN on Friday. “We have circumstantial evidence, which is treated the same in the law as direct evidence.”

Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court for misstatements he made to Congress while testifying about his contacts with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Cohen has reportedly struck a deal to cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation.

Swalwell said all transcripts of Cohen testifying have stayed within the House Intelligence Committee, which he sits on. Swalwell added that the indictment of Cohen stemmed from transcripts released from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Swalwell said he was previously aware Cohen lied to his committee but was limited because he could not make public transcripts of Cohen’s testimony or pass them along to Mueller.

“The Republicans have failed to allow us to send those to Bob Mueller,” he said. “Our transcripts have not been released.”

Once again, Swalwell repeated that he would not vote in support of funding the federal government past next week without having a vote on a bill to protect the special counsel’s investigation.

Swalwell has announced his intention to challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential contest.