Trump claims he ‘said NO’ to Michael Cohen pardon request

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President Trump said Friday that Michael Cohen "directly" asked him for a pardon and that he turned him down - contradicting what his former lawyer and fixer told a House committee.

Cohen came under renewed scrutiny after telling Congress that he never sought a pardon from the president. "Let's hope Congress and DOJ are outraged at Cohen's disrespecting them by perjuring himself repeatedly". "These matters included multiple congressional hearings, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation and others". Specifically, Trump claimed that Cohen "directly asked me for a pardon". As the case moves forward, Cohen may add emails, contracts and records as exhibits.

Cohen has also tried crowdsourcing his legal fees. "Stubborn facts backed up by documents, such as signed criminal hush money checks, can't be ignored - unless you are President Trump and his apologists".

"Michael Cohen gave sworn testimony".

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to tax crimes, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations.

Cohen responded in kind on Twitter, calling Trump's tweet "Just another set of lies".

Trump tweeted his claim after days of swirling questions about Cohen over the issue of pardons. Cohen says he didn't, though his lawyer has admitted the possibility was explored.

Michael Cohen President Donald Trump's former lawyer departs following a full day of testimony with the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors as he prepares for a three-year prison sentence for lying to Congress and other charges at the
Michael Cohen sought Trump pardon, attorney says

Jay Sekulow is another Trump lawyer. But 10 hours, several trips to his location in NY, that is very unusual. Shortly after that, Cohen hinted on "Good Morning America" that he was considering striking a deal with the NY prosecutors who were investigating him.

He was interviewed privately by both the Senate and House intelligence committees last week and has another day-long meeting with the House intelligence panel behind closed doors on Wednesday. Cohen, at the time, was part of a joint defense agreement with the president and many of his advisers.

Cohen told the House Oversight Committee last week: 'I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump'.

The company initially honored the deal, paying a portion of Cohen's legal fees and promising to pay more, even as investigators stepped up their pressure on Cohen and raided his office in April 2018, according to the lawsuit.

Cohen filed a $2 million lawsuit against the Trump Organization Thursday, claiming that they had promised to cover legal fees springing from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. The Associated Press previously reported that the shake-up followed what a person familiar with the matter described as a dispute over unpaid legal fees.

Cohen told a House committee last week that he had briefed Trump Jr. approximately 10 times about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.