Michael Cohen is standing by his sworn testimony — that he never personally asked President Trump for a pardon — but his lawyer admitted in a letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) that he “could have been clearer” about what he meant.
“In retrospect, while the sentence could have been clearer regarding the time frames, the sentence is true and Mr. Cohen stands by his statement,” Michael Monico, Cohen’s attorney wrote in the letter shared with TPM.
After Cohen’s testimony, reports surfaced that Cohen had actually asked Trump’s legal team about a potential pardon through a representative last year. There are contradictory reports on when the request came. The Washington Post reported the request was made before Cohen’s house, hotel and office were raided by the FBI in April 2018, but The Wall Street Journal reported it took place after the raid occurred.
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