Cohen sought Trump pardon, attorney says

Posted March 11, 2019

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.

The Trump Organization didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment, and Cohen's attorneys declined to comment on the suit.

Michael Cohen sued the Trump Organization, claiming the president's family company stiffed him on millions of dollars in legal fees and costs.

He also said the organization is also responsible for another $1.9 million he owes as part of his criminal sentence.

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Cohen is set to start a three-year jail term in May after he pled guilty to lying to Congress, financial crimes and campaign finance violations related to the hush-money payment. BuzzFeed reported Mr. Trump personally directed Mr. Cohen to lie for which there is no public evidence.

Lee said he also attended both trials of former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort and a hearing for Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser.

In those roles, he says, he made hush payment arrangements ahead of the 2016 election for two women who allegedly had affairs with Trump. Once he exited that pact, Cohen dropped interest in being pardoned by Trump, David claims.

Cohen said he has employed at least seven law firms in the a year ago on matters related to Mr Trump.

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Cohen told Congress over the past week that his former attorney spoke separately with two attorneys for the President, Rudy Giuilani and Jay Sekulow, about the prospect of a pardon, the sources said. Democrats have launched a sweeping probe of Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season.

He is owed $1.9 million in unpaid legal fees and costs as of January 25, according to the complaint.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations into Russian collusion is also probing whether the president sought to obstruct investigations and prevent former aides from being brought to justice.

The guilty pleas to the federal felony charges resulted in his disbarment as a lawyer in NY state.

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In this file photo, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani welcomes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on stage during a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C., August 18, 2016. Cohen was scheduled to report to federal prison on March 6 but a judge postponed the sentence to begin in May so that Cohen would have more time to arrange testimony as well as recover from shoulder surgery.