Michael Cohen, the lawyer who spent many years working as President Donald Trump's personal "fixer", filed a lawsuit Thursday in NY against his former boss' real estate business over unpaid legal fees.
Cohen testified under oath last week at a House Oversight Committee hearing that he had neverasked for, and would not accept, a pardon from Trump. His lawyers totally contradicted him. "He lied!", Trump tweeted.
The Trump Organisation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump in December called Cohen a "rat" for cooperating with prosecutors and has said he should go to prison.
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"I have neverasked for it, nor would I accept a pardon from President Trump", Cohen said before the House Intelligence Committee.
Congressional investigators, meanwhile, appear to be focusing on presidential powers as a significant line of questioning in their probes.
The move comes after Michael Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, confirmed on Thursday that Cohen's previous lawyer had sounded out a president's team about the possibility of a pardon before his home and office were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April 2017 in pursuit of evidence of hush money payouts.
There is nothing inherently improper about a subject in a criminal investigation seeking a pardon from a president given the president's wide latitude in granting them. "Chairman Cummings warned Michael Cohen that if he lied to the Oversight Committee, he would be held accountable".
McDougal, a former Playboy playmate, and Clifford, an adult-film star, are two women for whom Cohen has said he arranged hush payments at Trump's direction to hide alleged affairs with Trump. President Trump's former lawyer is coming under fire yet again, this time about his claims surrounding a presidential pardon. They include lawsuits involving his payment to Daniels, meetings connected to Mueller's ongoing investigation, multiple House and Senate hearings and a lawsuit brought by New York's attorney general against the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
In McDougal's case, Cohen and Trump allegedly set up a company to finance a $150,000 payment made by American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, for her story, only to have the publication purposely kill the story.
The lawsuit says the company stopped paying for his legal defense about two months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's home and office past year.