Cohen Asked Trump for Pardon Before Speaking to Federal Prosecutors
The discussion has now become part of the sweeping investigation by House Democrats
Michael Cohen's attorney reportedly approached Presdient Donald Trump for a possible 'pardon' following the FBI raid on the disgraced lawyer's home.
The discussion has now become part of the sweeping investigation by House Democrats.
Just weeks after the FBI raids on Cohen's home, attorneys met to discuss the solutions for the former Trump lawyer, according to the WSJ.
The House Judiciary Committee has now requested the documents which hold the conversations between the lawyers as part of their probe into the Trump and his associates.
The Democrats are now demanding records from more than 80 people connected to Trump.
As Cohen's lawyer at the time, Stephen Ryan, and Trump’s lawyers were working together to determine whether the FBI seized files were protected by attorney-client privilege, the conversation came up on pardoning him.
But the idea was rejected by Trump's legal team, Jay Sekulow, Rudy Giuliani, and Joanna Hendon, despite Giulian keeping the idea open that the Presdient could grant a possible pardon in the future.
“I always give the same answer, which is, ‘The president is not going to consider any pardons at this time, and nobody should think that he is,’” Giuliani told the Journal.
His said he tells lawyers, “Whatever happens in the future, that is his [Trump’s] prerogative.”
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An outside lawyer for the Trump Organization, Ryan to Alan Futerfas, also raised the issue of a pardon, along with the company’s general counsel Alan Garten.
Ryan suggested that Cohen would be inclined to cooperate with federal prosecutors if a pardon was not on the table.
Following the official review of seized documents, Cohen agreed to cooperate with the feds, later claiming he was "done" with being Trump's fixer.
“I put family and country first,” he said in July.
Last week, Cohen delivered his testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, accusing President Donald Trump of being a "racist," a "cheat," and a "conman."
Cohen alleged that the president knew that Roger Stone coordinated with whistleblowing agency Wikileaks ahead of dumping the Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails during the 2016 election which saw Hillary Clinton lose to Trump.
Last week, Trump said that Michael Cohen's book deal is possible proof he perjured himself before Congress during his explosive Wednesday testimony.
The president accused Cohen on Friday of lying under oath during a congressional hearing, again, after revelations that his former personal lawyer was pitching a book proposal weeks before he was raided by the FBI.