The House Intelligence Committee is investigating lawyers tied to Donald Trump over allegations that they “reviewed, shaped and edited” former presidential fixer Michael Cohen’s false testimony to Congress.
Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) asked four attorneys who have worked for the president or his family members to provide documents and sit for interviews related to the claims made by Cohen, Trump’s former longtime personal attorney who is serving a three-year federal prison sentence for financial crimes and lying to the Intelligence Committee in 2017 about the timing of negotiations surrounding the construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow.
The attorneys — Jay Sekulow, Alan Futerfas, Alan Garten and Abbe Lowell — rebuffed Schiff’s demand for documents, which was first sent on March 14 and obtained by POLITICO on Tuesday. The New York Times first revealed the letters.
“Instead of addressing important intelligence needs, the House Intelligence Committee appears to seek a truly needless dispute — this one with private attorneys — that would force them to violate privileges and ethical rules,” Sekulow’s attorney Patrick Strawbridge said in a statement on behalf of the four attorneys. “As committed defense lawyers, we will respect the constitution and defend the attorney-client privilege — one of the oldest and most sacred privileges in the law.”