Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen says testimony 'could have been clearer': lawyer

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen says testimony 'could have been clearer': lawyer

"At no time did Mr. Cohen personally ask President Trump for a pardon or did the President offer Mr. Cohen the same".

Monico claimed that Cohen was referring to his interactions with Trump's legal team after he had made a decision to exit a joint defense agreement he had with Trump's lawyers.

Monico explained, though, that Cohen's testimony "could have been clearer and more complete".

Cummings' office didn't immediately respond to messages.

Several Trump associates came forward after Cohen's testimony to say that Cohen spoke often about working in the Trump White House. "He asked me to tell you that he knows how tough this is on you and your family and he will make (sure) to tell the President".

Monico said Cohen had asked a prior lawyer to inquire about a possible pardon because Trump had "publicly dangled the possibility of pardons when commenting about ongoing investigations".

"In light of mounting evidence, it appears Cohen likely lied under oath during his appearance before the Committee", they added, noting that California Rep. Katie Hill, a Democrat, said in an interview Sunday that she expected Cummings to refer Cohen for prosecution. Cohen denied that minutes later in a tweet of his own.

Monico reiterated that denial in his letter to Cummings, saying Cohen never asked Trump for a pardon and that Trump never offered one. 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.

U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department on Capitol Hill in Washington Feb. 8 2019. REUTERS  Jonathan Ernst  File

Nothing ever came of that effort, he said.

"Does dangled mean that [Cohen] raised it and I mentioned it to Giuliani, and Giuliani said the president is not going to discuss pardons with anybody?"

There is nothing inherently improper about a subject in a criminal investigation seeking a pardon from a president given the president's wide latitude in granting them.

Trump himself challenged that claim.

But the new letter from Monico is unlikely to satisfy Republicans, who have charged Cohen may have committed perjury in his testimony.

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.

All three have been charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign.

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