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Senate Republican: 'Big mistake' if Cohen lied to intelligence committee

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntPartisan headwinds threaten Capitol riot commission Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Microsoft, FireEye push for breach reporting rules after SolarWinds hack MORE (R-Mo.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE's former personal attorney allegedly lying to a congressional committee is a "big mistake" and he's glad special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE is taking it "seriously."

"I certainly do think that lying to the [Senate] Intelligence Committee, which I am a part of, is a big mistake for whoever does it and creates lots of problems for the committee itself," Blunt told "Fox News Sunday," adding that one lie can throw off an entire investigation and waste hours of work. The Senate Intelligence Committee has investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"I’m glad to see the special prosecutor seeing that particular crime seriously," he added.

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Cohen pleaded guilty last week to making misstatements to Congress while testifying about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

He also agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation, according to a plea deal released by the special counsel.

The president called Cohen a "weak person" following the reports that he had pleaded guilty and accused him of "lying" in order to reduce his punishment.

“He’s trying to get a much lesser sentence by making up the story,” Trump said, adding “everybody knows about this deal.”

Cohen pleaded guilty to various federal crimes in August, including campaign finance violations, which Cohen has suggested he did with Trump's knowledge.

Trump has denied this was the case and Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis, an opinion contributor to The Hill, also told MSNBC in August that there may be independent evidence outside of Cohen's word that the president violated campaign finance law.