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Trump claims Cohen ‘directly’ asked for a pardon

09 March 2019

President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen filed a lawsuit against the Trump Organization on Thursday that alleges that the company violated an agreement to pay his legal fees and related costs.

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. He uttered one of his most outrageous statements, "truth isn't truth", in August 2018 while arguing that Russian Federation probe special counsel Robert Mueller could be attempting to get Trump to commit perjury.

"I'm still waiting for the House Dems to demand a perjury prosecution for the man who made fools out of them by lying under oath", Guiliani tweeted in a series of posts on Cohen.

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

Trump in December called Cohen a "rat" for cooperating with prosecutors and has said he should go to prison.

Michael Cohen, right, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leans back to listen to his lawyer, Lanny Davis of Washington, as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington.

And Cohen has continued to testify to multiple congressional committees behind closed doors, and according to Democrats who have been in those hearings, the worst might be yet to come for the president - and potentially, his family.

In addition to the $1.9 million in legal fees Cohen is seeking, the lawsuit claims the Trump Organization should also pay the $1.9 million Cohen was ordered to forfeit "as part of his criminal sentence arising from conduct undertaken by Mr. Cohen in furtherance of and at the behest of the Trump Organization and its principals, directors, and officers".

"Michael was open to the ongoing "dangling" of a possible pardon by Trump representatives".

Cohen this week completed meetings with congressional investigators looking into Trump's activities.

The depth of those discussions - including whether a pardon was truly on the table in exchange for Cohen's cooperation - is being disputed publicly among the different factions.

"Mr. Trump's personal lawyers reviewed and edited my statement to Congress about the timing of the Moscow Tower negotiations before I gave it", Cohen said on February 27.

"That continues to be the case", Davis said.

Those details differ from Cohen's testimony last week before the House Oversight Committee.

Trump and Giuliani have repeatedly questioned Cohen's credibility.

Jay Sekulow and Joanna Hendon said they wouldn't consider it; the famously free-wheeling Giuliaini, however, said the concept could win the president's support in the future.

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".

Trump claims Cohen ‘directly’ asked for a pardon