A lawyer representing President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, in a letter said that his client could have been “clearer” regarding the time frame when he told the House Oversight that he “never asked” the President for a pardon, Fox News informed.
Cohen’s attorney, Michael D. Monico, in the letter addressed to the head of the committee and insisted that his client never personally requested Trump for a pardon, despite Trump’s earlier claim.
“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!” Trump blasted Cohen on Twitter after the hearing.
Cohen was part of a joint defense agreement, more commonly known as JDA. This agreement allows attorneys to share details without the risk of violating attorney-client privileges. When Cohen told the committee that he never asked for a pardon, it was “written in the context” of his decision to exit the agreement.
Monico wrote that it was a time Trump would publicly dangle the possibility of pardons. Cohen asked his former attorney to discuss pardon options with another Trump lawyer, but “nothing ever happened.”
His testimony “could have been clearer and more complete regarding the distinction between the pre-JDA and post-JDA time periods,” according to the letter.