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

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean Blunt‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration The border deal: What made it in, what got left out MORE (R-Mo.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE's former personal attorney allegedly lying to a congressional committee is a "big mistake" and he's glad special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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.