Michael Cohen Once Explored a Pardon, Despite His House Testimony

Michael Cohen Once Explored a Pardon, Despite His House Testimony

Michael Cohen Once Explored a Pardon, Despite His House Testimony

His lawyers totally contradicted him.

In the lawsuit, Cohen notes his former position as executive vice president and special counsel at the Trump Organization, where he became known as Trump's fixer.

"I just introduced legislation to ensure that if the pardon power is abused to cover up crimes involving any President, his/her family or associates, Congress finds out", Schiff tweeted. "He ended up lying and he has regretted it and he's going to jail for it, and he said to the court in his heartfelt way - I take ownership and I don't blame anybody but myself".

Trump said Cohen lied in court yet again with respect to whether he desired a position at the White House, saying his former lawyer wanted such a post "badly".

The Trump Organization initially honored its commitment, Cohen said, and paid US$137,460 to McDermott Will & Emery LLP in October 2017, representing half the firm's unpaid invoices at the time, while promising that the campaign would pay the rest the following day.

Weisselberg, a NY native, has also worked as a treasurer for Trump Foundation, which the NY attorney general sued a year ago, alleging violations of campaign finance law, self-dealing and illegal coordination.

He pleaded guilty last year to the lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and other charges and is set to begin a three-year prison sentence in May. He's due to report to prison in May.


Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen, later said that before July, Cohen directed an attorney to explore possibilities of a pardon with Trump's lawyers.

Answers were divided along party lines: More than 20 percent of Republicans believe Trump committed crimes before he was president, compared to 89 percent of Democrats who say the same. As he did before Congress, Cohen said he acted at Trump's direction.

In a statement, Giuliani called Cohen a "serial liar".

Trump and Giuliani have repeatedly questioned Cohen's credibility.

While the Trump Organization had been paying Cohen for company-related work, payments stopped being made two months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Trump's former attorney's home and office in April past year, the lawsuit said. They include lawsuits involving his payment to Daniels, meetings connected to Mueller's ongoing investigation, multiple House and Senate hearings and a lawsuit brought by New York's attorney general against the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

But since then, Davis said, Cohen has been clear that he wouldn't accept a pardon.

There is nothing inherently improper about a subject in a criminal investigation seeking a pardon from a president given the president's wide latitude in granting them.

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