Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen hands over new documents to Congress

Arturo Kim
March 12, 2019

His lawyers totally contradicted him.

Cohen came under renewed scrutiny after telling Congress that he never sought a pardon from the president. "I said NO. He lied again!" Cohen testified Weisselberg was in the room when, weeks before the 2016 election, Mr. Trump directed them to arrange payments totaling $130,000 to cover up allegations of affairs.

Congressional investigators are also looking into whether anyone on Trump's legal team tried quietly to reach out to Cohen previous year before he turned on the president and as his legal problems mounted.

Cohen pled guilty to campaign finance violations tied to the payments to Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult film actress Stormy Daniels, and other crimes past year, including lying to Congress about an effort to build a Trump Tower in Russian Federation and financial violations.

Cohen, who is now slated to begin his prison term May 6, is back on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for his fourth appearance in the last eight days, concluding his closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that began last week.

Most recently, Cohen's attorney said his client regrets his loyalty to President Trump, which is an ironic statement for someone reportedly seeking a pardon.

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The move comes after Michael Cohen's lawyer confirmed that his client's former attorney had sounded out Trump's legal team about the possibility of a pardon, which had been "dangled" before his client. He was also a Trump campaign advisor.

Trump in December called Cohen a "rat" for cooperating with prosecutors and has said he should go to prison. Some Democrats, including House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings and Senate Intelligence Vice Chair Mark Warner, also have raised questions about his credibility, with the former saying lawmakers must obtain and assess documents to corroborate his claims of a list of criminal actions by Trump, his businesses and his associates.

The president's attorneys were noncommittal during the conversation with Cohen's lawyer, the people said.

As a result, Cohen hired lawyers, and the Trump Organization, then run by Trump's sons, Eric and Donald Jr., promised to pay them, the lawsuit said.

"The Trump Organization's failure, without any reasonable basis, to pay Mr Cohen's attorneys' fees and costs and other amounts incurred by Mr Cohen in service to and at the behest of the Organization and its principals, directors, and officers, constitutes a breach of the Trump Organization's indemnification obligations", said the lawsuit, filed in NY.

More than six in 10 American voters believe that President Donald Trump committed crimes before he took office, according to a national poll out this week from Quinnipiac University. But Trump didn't simply say it was a lie, he identified himself as a "key witness" in a "beyond ill-advised" manner according to CNN legal analyst, attorney and impeachment expert Ross Garber.

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