Michael Cohen’s attorney sends letter clarifying pardon testimony

Michael Cohen’s attorney sends letter clarifying pardon testimony

Michael Cohen’s attorney sends letter clarifying pardon testimony

The new letter does dispute Mr. Trump's claim that Cohen directly asked him for a pardon. "At no time did Mr. Cohen personally ask President Trump for a pardon or did the President offer Mr. Cohen the same".

Michael Monico told Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., in the letter that Cohen had asked his lawyer to explore the possibility of a pardon before Cohen left a joint-defense agreement and turned against Trump last June.

Monico explained, though, that Cohen's testimony "could have been clearer and more complete".

'In retrospect, while the sentence could have been clearer regarding the time frames, the sentence is true, and Mr. Cohen stands by his statement, ' Monico wrote.

"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".

Monico said Cohen had asked a prior lawyer to inquire about a possible pardon because Trump had "publicly dangled the possibility of pardons when commenting about ongoing investigations". I said NO. He lied again!'

Cohen's lawyers have previously admitted that another lawyer acting on behalf of Cohen, also a lawyer, did sound out the president's lawyers.

CNN reports that Robert Costello, an attorney for former Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen, told him that he could "sleep well" at night after his office was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation previous year because he had "friends in high places".

But Cohen, in his closed-door congressional testimony, handed over the emails to back his claim that a pardon was dangled before he chose to cooperate with the feds, the network reported, citing sources.

"Does dangled mean that [Cohen] raised it and I mentioned it to Giuliani, and Giuliani said the president is not going to discuss pardons with anybody?"

But Republicans were already calling for an investigation before the discrepancy over the pardon came out.

The House Oversight Committee chairman on Wednesday rejected Republican calls for a new investigation into President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and whether he again lied to Congress.

Cohen pleaded guilty as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to making false statements to Congress in 2017 regarding the timeline of a Trump Tower project in Russian Federation.

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