Mar 13, 2019

Michael Cohen's lawyer clarifies presidential pardon testimony

Michael Cohen's attorney sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee chairman.

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Michael Cohen's attorney wrote to the House Oversight Committee chairman Tuesday to clarify that President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer didn't ask him for a presidential pardon, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Cohen testified before the committee that he had "never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon" from the president. Trump said Friday Cohen had directly asked him for a pardon. The letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) clarifies that Cohen had asked a lawyer to explore the option before he decided to turn against Trump in June. Cohen's lawyer Michael Monico said hist testimony “could have been clearer and more complete,” according to the AP.

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