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When Michael Cohen testified before a House panel last week, he said this: "I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump".

But he did not specify what topics nor suggest that the meetings totaled 10 hours of discussion, according to Fox News sources, who also noted that Cohen seemed extremely prepared for questions about the issues reportedly discussed between the lawyer and Schiff.

Cohen's attorney at the time was Stephen Ryan, who was "working alongside" Trump's legal team to review whether documents seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids were subject to attorney-client privilege, the Journal reported. "He told our staff, 'I planned this hearing, I picked this committee, I had to persuade Michael Cohen to do it.' Maybe most importantly he said 'I had to persuade chairman Cummings to do it'".

Testifying on February 27 before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Cohen called Trump a "con man" and "cheat", but offered no direct evidence that Trump or his campaign colluded with Moscow in the 2016 election. Cohen acknowledged in his guilty plea a year ago that he misled lawmakers by saying he had abandoned the project in January 2016 when he actually continued pursuing it for months after that as Trump campaigned for the presidency.

Cohen is due to begin serving a three-year prison sentence on May 6 for lying to Congress last year about efforts to build a Trump tower in Moscow, along with other charges.

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At the time, Cohen was "open to the ongoing "dangling" of a possible pardon by Trump representatives privately and in the media", Davis said in a statement. He was also a Trump campaign advisor. Meanwhile, Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani is citing this as "more proof that Cohen is a liar". Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, also sued Cohen seeking to invalidate a non-disclosure agreement and claiming he defamed her. Cohen wants the Trump Organization to cover the legal fees related to those lawsuits.

"Now that he saw Donald Trump as president, he underwent a genuine transformation because he feared for his country and his family when Donald Trump was president", said Davis.

This, Davis argued, further shows that Cohen's insistence that he "never asked for" a pardon from Trump was truthful, since the denial came from "post-JDA Michael Cohen". He acknowledged on MSNBC that Cohen "was certainly looking at the option of a pardon" before he chose to come clean and turn on Trump.

At about the same time, "the Trump Organization ceased to pay (the legal fees and costs) without notice of justification", the court papers alleged. "That continues to be the case", Davis said Wednesday.

When the Trump Organization failed to pay a $1 million bill to Cohen's lawyers - the firm McDermott Will & Emery - they quit representing him, the lawsuit says.


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