Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Woopsie: Lanny Davis Says Michael Cohen DID Ask Trump for Pardon | Trending

Woopsie: Lanny Davis Says Michael Cohen DID Ask Trump for Pardon | Trending

Cohen, who is heading to prison for lying to Congress, told the House Oversight Committee this last week: "I have never asked for it, nor would I accept a pardon from President Trump".

The president has turned on Mr Cohen, who was his personal lawyer and fixer for approximately a decade, and accused him of lying.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Giuliani saying that he tells lawyers who ask for pardons that "whatever happens in the future, that is his prerogative". "He told our staff, 'I planned this hearing, I picked this committee, I had to persuade Michael Cohen to do it.' Maybe most importantly he said 'I had to persuade chairman Cummings to do it'". He also badly wanted to work at the White House. Cohen acknowledged in a guilty plea previous year that he misled lawmakers by saying he had abandoned the Trump Tower Moscow project in January 2016, when in fact he pursued it for months after that as Trump campaigned for the presidency.

Congressional investigators are also looking into whether anyone on Trump's legal team tried quietly to reach out to Cohen past year before he turned on the president and as his legal problems mounted.

The lawsuit is likely to prolong the bitter public stand off between the two men, as Cohen heads to prison in May after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress in August 2018 in a case brought against him by federal prosecutors in NY. The Wall Street Journal helps unpack it: After a big Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his offices a year ago, Cohen "directed his attorney (Stephen Ryan) to explore possibilities of a pardon at one point with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as other lawyers advising President Trump", says Davis. He has also said his campaign did not collude with Moscow.

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".

Cohen's response came within minutes and featured two references to Trump's "lies". "These matters included multiple congressional hearings, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation and others". "There may be additional documents that he still has to offer and his cooperation with our committee continues", Schiff said.

The poll found that 64 percent of voters think Trump committed crimes before becoming president, though they are split 45-43 on whether or not they believe that he has committed crimes while in office.

Cohen on Thursday sued the Trump Organization over its decision to stop paying his legal bills, which Trump declared to be "the most ridiculous suit I've ever seen".

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