Michael Cohen Asked Lawyer to Talk to Trump Team About Pardon, Possibly Contradicting Testimony

Michael Cohen Will Testify on Capitol Hill This WeekUPDATED 2019/03/07 2:00PM

A spokesperson for Michael Cohen, former personal attorney and fixer for President Trump, confirmed in a statement that Cohen asked one of his attorney’s to reach out to an attorney representing the president about receiving a pardon.

According to the statement, Cohen asked his attorney at the time to meet with Rudy Giuliani, who is representing Trump, about the possibility of a pardon after an FBI raid on his home and office occured in July 2018.

Davis said, “Prior to Michael Cohen’s decision to leave the ‘Joint Defense Group’ and tell the truth on July 2, 2018, Michael was open to the ongoing ‘dangling’ of a possible pardon by Trump representatives privately and in the media. During that time period, he 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.”

Cohen later left the Joint Defense Group and “change his life and tell the truth” for the sake of his family and country.

Cohen’s attorney added that, after the raid on his home, “Mr. Cohen authorized me as a new lawyer to say publicly Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from President Trump even if offered. That continues to be the case.”

This statement is a contradiction to the testimony Cohen gave at the House Oversight Committee hearing just last week, when he said in his opening statement, “I have never asked for it, nor would I accept a pardon from President Trump.”

Davis is arguing that the sentence is “literally” true because Cohen never asked for the pardon himself.