Cohen's lawyer says Trump advisers were 'dangling' pardons
Cohen's lawyer says Trump advisers were 'dangling' pardons
10 March, 2019, 04:26
He has given evidence to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Despite saying he wanted to build a Trump Tower in Russia, Trump never completed a deal.
Cohen has become a key figure in congressional investigations since turning on his former boss and co-operating with the special counsel.
Jim Jordan questions former Trump attorney Michael Cohen during a House Oversight Committee hearing.
Cohen says he is owed at least $1.9 million in unpaid fees and costs and another $1.9 million for court-ordered fines, forfeitures and restitution stemming from his August guilty plea to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud. He is set to begin a three-year prison sentence in May. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. The person wasn't authorized to discuss the confidential investigation and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
The Washington Post reported last week that House and Senate committee lawmakers are investigating talks Cohen had about a pardon, which they believe could show the president attempted to use his pardoning power to obstruct justice and dissuade witnesses from testifying. But that may not be the full story.
"We write to refer significant evidence that Michael D. Cohen committed perjury and knowingly made false statements during his testimony before an Oversight and Reform Committee hearing", they wrote to Barr.
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Cohen sued the organization Thursday, saying it promised to reimburse him for legal costs incurred in his defense in numerous investigations and then stopped paying once he chose to cooperate with prosecutors.
The Trump Organization initially honored its commitment, Cohen said, and paid US$137,460 to McDermott Will & Emery LLP in October 2017, representing half of the firm's unpaid invoices at the time, while promising that the campaign would pay the rest the following day. Cohen did not participate in the conversation.
President Donald Trump unloaded on his former fixer Michael Cohen Friday morning, calling Cohen a "bad lawyer", a "fraudster", and a perjurer.
Cohen's response came within minutes and featured two references to Trump's "lies".
Mr Cohen's lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan court, says he was involved in several court cases and legal proceedings - including Mr Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
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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