Cohen's lawyer says Trump team dangled pardon

Elias Hubbard
March 9, 2019

Cohen told the House Oversight Committee last week: 'I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump'. Cohen testified to Congress under penalty of perjury that he never asked Trump for a pardon, but his lawyer Lanny Davis later clarified that Cohen did direct his attorneys to discuss the matter with Trump's legal team.

"You're getting in trouble because you work for me, you're getting reimbursed", Giuliani said. She indicated that the additional testimony may cast light on to what extent Trump's lawyers had a hand in crafting Cohen's false testimony about the Trump Tower Moscow deal, a crime for which he has pleaded guilty. "Serial liars often try the same deception too often", Giuliani scoffed in a tweet Thursday.

"The President has a broad power to confer pardons, but not when they are created to insulate himself, his family and his associates from criminal investigation", Schiff said in a statement announcing the bill.

It is hard to untangle the conflicting narratives given the unreliability of some of the central characters. His latest self-effacing testimony before Congress turned into a grand display of partisanship while once again failing to shore up the flagging "Russiagate" hypothesis.

According to the complaint, Cohen and the Trump Organization entered the July 2017 reimbursement agreement when they were pursuing a "joint defense" to various investigations. They say Trump directed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal hush-money payments to two women as a way to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign. "These matters included multiple congressional hearings, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation and others".

Cohen this week completed meetings with congressional investigators looking into Trump's activities. It said the Trump Organization initially lived up to that promise, footing the bill for more than $1.7 million in Cohen's legal fees.

Cohen has also tried crowdsourcing his legal fees. Nobody is taking that away from him. During last week's public testimony, he called Trump a con man, a cheat and a racist.

Trump, in turn, has said Cohen "did bad things unrelated to Trump" and "is lying in order to reduce his prison time".

Reacting to Trump's claim that Cohen asked the president for a pardon, the USA president's former personal lawyer called it in a Twitter post "just another set of lies by [President Donald Trump]". That continues to be the case, ' Davis said Wednesday.

Cohen filed the suit in New York state court, report the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC and Bloomberg. It alleges breach of contract and seeks damages on Cohen's behalf.

The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment. As he did before Congress, Cohen said he acted at Trump's direction. Trump has denied having an affair. But Trump didn't simply say it was a lie, he identified himself as a "key witness" in a "beyond ill-advised" manner according to CNN legal analyst, attorney and impeachment expert Ross Garber.

The committee first interviewed Trump 2017.

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