Liar, liar: Trump & Cohen exchange insults about supposed request for formal pardon

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Trump's tweet came shortly after he slammed Cohen at the White House, where he teased his new claim in comments to reporters on the South Lawn before leaving for Alabama to survey tornado damage.

They say Cohen was truthful, while Trump says it's a lie; they say Cohen never personally asked for a pardon, while Trump says that is a lie.

The move comes after Michael Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, confirmed on Thursday that Cohen's previous lawyer had sounded out a president's team about the possibility of a pardon before his home and office were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April 2017 in pursuit of evidence of hush money payouts.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, called allegations from a new Fox News report that President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen met with Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's, D-Calif., staff for over 10 hours "unusual" and accused Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis of coordinating the hearing spectacle.

Cohen is set to report to prison in May for three years stemming from charges that include campaign-finance violations related to those payments.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

The fees Cohen is seeking are distinct from the US$420,000 Trump paid him to cover hush payments he made on the president's behalf to adult-film star Stormy Daniels.

According to the complaint, Cohen and the Trump Organisation entered the July 2017 reimbursement agreement when they were pursuing a "joint defence" to various investigations. "He lied!", Trump tweeted.

In June, he said the president might pardon Manafort and others who were ensnared in the Russian Federation investigation if he believed they were treated "unfairly".

Davis pointed to nuances in Cohen's testimony last week, including the language used in asking the question. But it also highlights how the issue of pardons has emerged as a significant line of inquiry for congressional investigators.

The prospect of a Cohen pardon was raised a few times between Cohen's lawyer and attorneys representing the President, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Cohen has become a key figure in congressional investigations since turning on his former boss and co-operating with special counsel Robert Mueller. Cohen went as far as to tell Congress he wouldn't accept a pardon if Trump offered.

Rudolph Giuliani, an adviser to Trump and former New York City mayor, suggested in an interview that Cohen was owed nothing.

Davis said that instead of attacking Cohen, Trump should "be explaining why he, his son and CFO signed checks for hush money to keep a woman quiet", referring to copies of checks that Cohen presented during his testimony last week showing he was reimbursed for the hush-money payment to Daniels.

The case is Cohen v Trump Organization LLC, New York State Supreme Court, New York County, No. 651377/2019.

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