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NY attorney says feds probing his pardon talks with Cohen

NY attorney says feds probing his pardon talks with Cohen”

Cohen's former lawyer, Stephen Ryan, also reportedly discussed a pardon with Trump's lawyers in the weeks after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room.

Cohen has faced mounting criticism over apparent inconsistencies in his testimony, concerning statements on everything from the Trump Tower Moscow project to his prospects for a job in the Trump administration.

Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani went back-and-forth in dueling interviews and tweets. "I do not see the need for further action - at least at this time".

Cohen has been under fire from Republicans and Trump for testifying that he had "never asked for, nor would I accept" a pardon from the President, amid reports that Cohen's attorneys discussed the prospect of a pardon with Trump's legal team while Cohen was still a part of the Trump joint defense agreement.

Cohen's lawyers have previously admitted that another lawyer acting on behalf of Cohen, also a lawyer, did sound out the president's lawyers.

Costello told CNN that he brought up the possibility of Cohen receiving a pardon even though he believed the matter to be premature. "Mr. Whitaker said he did not have conversations with the president about Cohen", Collins, who has publicly butted heads with Nadler, told reporters.

Cohen has already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress on a previous occasion, and during his appearance last month, Mr. Cummings repeatedly admonished him that his credibility was in doubt and any further lies wouldn't be tolerated.

There was no transcript taken at the meeting, according to the Republican aides, so it wasn't clear exactly what Whitaker said, and it may never be clear.

Mark Meadows claimed in their letter that Cohen lied about six separate topics during sworn testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 27.

In his public hearing, Whitaker denied that Trump had lashed out at him, and he would not say anything about his conversations with Trump about Cohen or the Southern District of NY.

Mr. Meadows on Twitter also mocked the Cohen lawyers' letter as an exercise in dissembling. But Cohen provided the emails in closed-door testimony to back up his claim a pardon was dangled before he made a decision to cooperate with federal prosecutors, CNN reported, citing unnamed sources.

"At no time has the White House asked for, nor have I provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel's investigation or any other investigation", Whitaker said in his opening statement.



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