Top Dems raise obstruction, intimidation in blasting Trump comments on Cohen

A trio of top House Democrats on Sunday warned President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE against "any action to obstruct" oversight efforts by Congress. 

The warning — issued in a statement by Reps. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBlack GOP candidate accuses Behar of wearing black face in heated interview Overnight Health Care: US won't join global coronavirus vaccine initiative | Federal panel lays out initial priorities for COVID-19 vaccine distribution | NIH panel: 'Insufficient data' to show treatment touted by Trump works House Oversight Democrats to subpoena AbbVie in drug pricing probe MORE (Md.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff to subpoena top DHS official, alleges whistleblower deposition is being stonewalled Schiff claims DHS is blocking whistleblower's access to records before testimony GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power MORE (Calif.) — came after Trump on Saturday said his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, should "give information maybe on his father-in-law" during his upcoming congressional testimony.

Cummings, Nadler and Schiff said in the statement that the "integrity of our process to serve as an independent check on the Executive Branch must be respected by everyone," including Trump.

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"Our nation’s laws prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate, or otherwise pressure a witness not to provide testimony to Congress," they said. 

"The President should make no statement or take any action to obstruct Congress’ independent oversight and investigative efforts, including by seeking to discourage any witness from testifying in response to a duly authorized request from Congress," they added.

Cummings, Nadler and Schiff are the chairmen of the House Oversight and Reform, Judiciary and Intelligence committees, respectively.

Cummings announced last week that Cohen will voluntarily testify in February in front of the Oversight and Reform Committee.

Trump, during an interview with Fox News's Jeanine Pirro, said Saturday that Cohen was planning to give information to Congress "to get his sentence reduced."

"Well, there is no information. But he should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that’s the one that people want to look at," Trump said.

"Because where does that money — that’s the money in the family. And I guess he didn’t want to talk about his father-in-law — he’s trying to get his sentence reduced. So it’s pretty sad. It’s weak and it’s very sad to watch a thing like that. I couldn’t care less," the president continued.