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Trump claims Cohen ‘directly’ asked for a pardon

10 March 2019

President Donald Trump's advisers dangled the possibility of a pardon for his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen past year, Cohen's attorney said Thursday, as congressional investigators zero in on the president's pardon power.

Cohen last week gave dramatic testimony to the US Congressional House Oversight Committee about the president, during which he accused him of being a "racist", "conman" and a "cheat". His lawyers totally contradicted him.

Cohen told Congress about his role in a hush-money payment meant to silence adult film star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump.

In a statement, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, Marc Mukasey, disputed Cohen's claims.

"Just another set of lies by @POTUS @realdonaldtrump".

The lawsuit was the latest salvo in an escalating feud between Trump and Cohen, who represented Trump for close to a decade and once said that he would "take a bullet" for his client.

The matter is being investigated in Congress following Cohen's public and private testimony before three congressional committees over the past two weeks. It alleges breach of contract and seeks damages on Cohen's behalf.

Russian Federation had denied interfering in the 2016 election.

"After July 2, 2018, Mr. Cohen authorized me as a new lawyer to say publicly Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from President Trump even if offered".

The poll also surveyed voters' attitudes toward congressional investigations into Trump.

In a complaint filed in a NY state court in Manhattan, Cohen said the Trump Organization refused to indemnify him after it became clear he would cooperate with investigations into his work for the organization.

There is nothing inherently improper about a subject in a criminal investigation seeking a pardon from a president given the president's wide latitude in granting them.

In his statement on Thursday, Davis tried to downplay the contradiction between his statement and Cohen's testimony.

Cohen says he owes $1.9 million and counting in legal fees - and he also says Trump must pay the $1.9 million he was sentenced to forfeit.

Jordan, R-Ohio, who last week sent a referral to Attorney General William Barr seeking a probe of Cohen's testimony, urged Cummings, D-Md., to support the efforts after Cohen's lawyer admitted he once "directed his attorney" to ask about a possible presidential pardon a year ago - despite testifying he never sought a pardon. The company and Cohen were pursuing a joint defense at the time.

Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has introduced a bill aimed at ensuring that President Donald Trump does not use his pardoning powers to obstruct justice.

Trump claims Cohen ‘directly’ asked for a pardon