Michael Cohen asked lawyer to inquire about pardon, insists he didn’t lie to Congress


Posted on: March 7th, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, asked one of his attorneys last summer to inquire with an attorney representing the president about receiving a pardon, Cohen’s spokesman Lanny Davis told ABC News Thursday.

Cohen asked his attorney at the time, Stephen Ryan, to meet with Rudy Giuliani about the possibility of a pardon shortly after an FBI raid on his home and offices in the early summer of 2018, Davis said.

Davis added that Cohen also stands by his testimony, citing the timeframe. Cohen was, at the time, part of a joint defense agreement with the president and many of his advisers. He later left the JDA when he decided to “change his life and tell the truth” about the president.

“We stand by [Cohen’s] public testimony before Oversight Committee as referring to post-JDA time frame statement. He authorized me after July 2 to say he would never accept a pardon if offered and I did. That is the post-JDA Michael Cohen, committed to change his life and tell the truth,” Davis told ABC News overnight.

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