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Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen says testimony 'could have been clearer': lawyer

14 Марта 2019

"He asked me to tell you that he knows how tough this is on you and your family and he will make (sure) to tell the president".

"While he was acting attorney general, Mr. Whitaker was directly involved in conversations about whether to fire one or more USA attorneys", Nadler continued.

During Anderson Cooper's CNN show, legal analyst Jeff Toobin said that the conversations Whitaker had with Trump over Michael Cohen couldn't be more critical.

Cohen asked another lawyer to reach out to the president's legal team on his behalf and through the attorney, Robert J. Costello, had a dozen conversations with Giuliani that were described as "a back channel of communication", the New York Times reported.

During his testimony, Cohen told the committee: "I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from President Trump".

Collins, however, said that the conversations were part of normal personnel decisions while Whitaker was atop the Justice Department, and there was nothing "nefarious" about those talks.

In a similar example of the sides' different portrayals of Whitaker's words, Nadler said that the former acting attorney general was involved in debates about if the investigation into possible campaign finance illegality, which Trump is implicated in, went too far.

Whitaker had been critical of the special counsel in radio interviews from before he worked for the DOJ and replaced Sessions.

As AG, Whitaker declined to recuse himself from overseeing the probe, despite DOJ ethics experts suggesting that he should.

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Nadler also referred to the Southern District of NY, which is involved in a campaign finance case against Cohen which implicates Mr. Trump.

Whitaker left the Justice Department several weeks ago, but he's still facing hearings and investigations from his short time at the top.

The Republicans' lawyers said that Whitaker just couldn't remember.

Rep. Elijah Cummings said Cohen, Mr. Trump's former personal lawyer, has since clarified through his own lawyer that his testimony "could have been clearer".

Cohen pleaded guilty past year to circumventing campaign finance laws when he paid pornographic actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money before the 2016 election so that the story wouldn't derail Trump's campaign.

Trump initially denied any knowledge of those payments and reimbursements.

But a source close to Cohen disputed Costello's version and insisted it was Costello who was pushing his relationship with Giuliani, the network reported.

The former acting AG defended those discussions, saying they occur regularly "under any attorney general", according to those present at the meeting.

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