Michael Cohen sought Trump pardon, attorney says

12 March, 2019, 04:46 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Donald Trump

"Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon".

The president has turned on Mr Cohen, who was his personal lawyer and fixer for approximately a decade, and accused him of lying.

Michael Cohen, a former personal lawyer and confidante for President Trump.

"I have never asked for it, nor would I have accepted, a pardon from President Trump", he answered. But the evidence so far shows that a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communications. Cohen acknowledged in his guilty plea past year that he misled lawmakers by saying he had abandoned the project in January 2016 when he actually continued pursuing it for months after that as Trump campaigned for the presidency.

Davis' comment raises questions about whether Cohen - who is slated to begin a three-year prison sentence in May for crimes including lying to Congress - lied to Congress again last week.

Cohen made brief remarks to reporters following his testimony.

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Cohen's current lawyer, Lanny Davis, said Thursday that Cohen's former attorney had expressed interest in a presidential pardon in the months after federal investigators searched his home and office last April. Trump also plays a central role in a separate case in NY, where prosecutors have implicated him in a crime. As he did before Congress, Cohen said he acted at Trump's direction.

In June, he said the president might pardon Manafort and others who were ensnared in the Russian Federation investigation if he believed they were treated "unfairly".

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, arrives to testifying before a closed-door session of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill this week.

Cohen's complaint alleges that in July 2017, the Trump Organization agreed to pay his legal fees throughout the investigations of the president but stopped doing so last May. "That continues to be the case", Davis said Wednesday. The results were heavily skewed on party lines, with most Republicans believing Trump and most Democrats trusting Cohen.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly approaching the conclusion of his almost two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The request is the most serious escalation of the probe into Trump since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in early January, and seeks to uncover whether the president or his administration have engaged in obstruction of justice, corruption, or other wrongdoing.

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