President Donald Trump accused his former attorney Michael Cohen of lying to Congress in recent public testimony, alleging that Cohen directly asked him for a pardon.
Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon. His lawyers totally contradicted him. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. I said NO. He lied again! He also badly wanted to work at the White House. He lied!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2019
Trump’s explosive accusation directly implicates Cohen in a lie before Congress when he stated flatly last week, “I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump.” (RELATED: CNN Adds Major Update To Michael Cohen Story)
Cohen’s testimony quickly came under scrutiny however by the Wall Street Journal who reported that he previously instructed a lawyer to seek a pardon from Trump’s team after he was raided by the FBI in April 2018.
“Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for President Trump, directed his attorney last spring to inquire about the possibility of a presidential pardon, weeks after federal agents raided his properties,” The WSJ reported.
The account was later corroborated by Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis who said in a statement that “during that time period, [Cohen] directed his attorney to explore possibilities of a pardon at one point with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as other lawyers advising President Trump.”
President attorney Rudy Giuliani blasted Cohen on Twitter saying:
Dems star Cohen testified:”I have NEVER asked for…a pardon from Mr. Trump.”His lawyer Lanny Davis has said “…he(Cohen) directed his attorney to explore … a pardon.”Never means never ever not after July 2,2018 which is the latest deception. Another perjury and more prison.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) March 7, 2019