Trump claims Cohen asked for pardon, Cohen denies it

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Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney of President Donald Trump, testifies at a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019.

Cohen asked his attorney at the time, Stephen Ryan, to meet with Rudy Giuliani about the possibility of a pardon shortly after an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his home and offices in the early summer of 2018, Davis said. "These matters included multiple congressional hearings, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation and others".

President Donald Trump unloaded on his former fixer Michael Cohen Friday morning, calling Cohen a "bad lawyer", a "fraudster", and a perjurer.

Cohen has appeared on Capitol Hill four times since last week: once for the public hearing where he testified that he never asked for a presidential pardon, and three more times behind closed doors.

Cohen, who has pleaded guilty to nine felonies stemming from a federal probe into campaign violations and other crimes, claims he's out at least US$1.9 million in fees and costs and another US$1.9 million in penalties, which the company promised to repay.

This article has been adapted from its original source. Cohen told a House committee last week that he had briefed Trump Jr. approximately 10 times about the plan.

According to two unnamed sources, Cohen met with Schiff's staff in NY at least four times, for a total of 10 hours, before his appearance before the committee. "He lied!", Trump said.

Weisselberg has worked for the Trump family for decades, and his position as the organization's CFO means he has access to the most detailed financial data and inner workings of Mr. Trump's business dealings.

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The discussion of a pardon was broached by Cohen's lawyer at the time, Stephen Ryan, who spoke with the president's attorneys in the months after the raid.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), though, said Thursday on MSNBC that Cohen cleared up these statements in the closed-door testimony, and that once the transcript will be released, observers should be satisfied with his answers. During last week's public testimony, he called Trump a con man, a cheat and a racist.

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]".

Davis pointed to nuances in Cohen's testimony last week, including the language used in asking the question.

Cohen's jab at the president came one day after he filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Trump Organization in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan that seeks to cover his mounting legal bills.

While Cohen's initial costs of $1.7 million were covered through June 2018, things changed once the longtime Trump lawyer flipped and became a cooperating witness.

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