Cohen's lawyer says Trump team dangled pardon - 3/8/2019 2:17:33 AM

Cohen's lawyer says Trump team dangled pardon - 3/8/2019 2:17:33 AM

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. He told the hearing last week that he had "never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr Trump".

"We have had a deep concern for some time over the president dangling pardons as a way of encouraging people to fall in line", Schiff said.

On Thursday, Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said Cohen had in fact "directed his attorney to explore possibilities of a pardon at one point with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as other lawyers advising President Trump".

"Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon". His lawyers totally contradicted him.

"Now that he saw Donald Trump as president, he underwent a genuine transformation because he feared for his country and his family when Donald Trump was president", said Davis.

Giuliani argued that Cohen should now be prosecuted for at least three perjuries: "never asked for pardon, never sought a government job and represented foreign entities". "I said NO. He lied again!" "Let's hope Congress and DOJ are outraged at Cohen's disrespecting them by perjuring himself repeatedly".

As questions grew this week, Cohen's legal team stressed that he was one of Trump's closest confidants and if he wanted a pardon, he would have just asked Trump himself - which the president, for the first time on Friday, claimed is what happened.

It is unclear whether the Justice Department has started a review of Cohen's testimony.

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The Trump Organisation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But the company stopped paying the invoices the next month, when reports emerged that Cohen was planning to cooperate with Mueller's probe and federal prosecutors in NY, forcing McDermott to withdraw and Cohen to retain new counsel, according to the suit.

Cohen told Congress that Trump was a racist, a liar and a con man.

In the case brought by Mueller's office, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump Tower project in Moscow, as well as about the extent of Trump's involvement.

"His statement at the Oversight Hearing was true - and consistent with his post-joint defense agreement commitment to tell the truth".

Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels, but the hush-money payments have presented an ongoing legal issue for Trump.

Rudolph Giuliani, an adviser to Mr Trump and former New York City mayor, suggested in an interview that Cohen was owed nothing.

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.

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