House kills GOP measure to require investigation of Cohen

House kills GOP measure to require investigation of Cohen
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The House voted Wednesday to table a Republican-backed resolution referring President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE's former personal attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenI'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Wyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations Hope Hicks defends accuracy of her congressional testimony MORE to the Department of Justice for an investigation into whether he perjured himself by lying to Congress.

The vote on the motion to table passed along party lines in a 286-183 vote. 

Freshman Rep. Mark GreenMark GreenNew policy at Interior's in-house watchdog clamps down on interactions with press Senate leaves for five-week August recess Overnight Energy: Changing climate boosts Maine lobster industry -- for now | 2020 Dems debate climate response at Detroit debate | Dem asks for perjury investigation into Interior nominee MORE (R-Tenn.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, sponsored the measure.

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It would have required House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCan the Democrats unseat Trump? Democrats slam alleged politicization of Trump State Department after IG report Senior Trump officials accused of harassing, retaliating against career State Dept. employees MORE (D-Md.) to send a copy of Cohen's remarks to Justice for investigation.

“The integrity of the Oversight Committee and entire House is at stake," Green said in a statement. "We must defend our honor, refer Michael Cohen’s testimony to the Justice Department for a perjury investigation and show the American people that the People’s House will not tolerate a man lying under oath."

Green introduced the privileged resolution on Tuesday, which provides the majority 48 hours to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. 

Republicans said Cohen lied when he repeatedly told members that he “never” asked for a pardon from President Trump.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in December for a series of crimes including lying to Congress and campaign finance violations for orchestrating payments to women who say they had affairs with the president to remain silent during the 2016 election.