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

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntFormer Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon passes on Senate campaign The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (R-Mo.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE's former personal attorney allegedly lying to a congressional committee is a "big mistake" and he's glad special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.