Michael Cohen sues Trump Organization for unpaid legal fees

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Michael Cohen "directed his attorney" to discuss a pardon from Donald Trump, a lawyer for the president's former right-hand man admitted yesterday, contradicting his sworn testimony to Congress.

The president has turned on Mr Cohen, who was his personal lawyer and fixer for approximately a decade, and accused him of lying.

Cohen presented checks, signed by Trump, to the House committee, stating they were part of the reimbursement he received for a $130,000 payment to Daniels in exchange for her silence.

"I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump", he stated.

"From what I heard, I believe that there will still be more indictments to come", he said. Some have also questioned the veracity of his testimony, suggesting he falsely claimed to have never sought employment in the Trump White House.

The prospect of a pardon for President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen was raised a couple of times between Cohen's lawyer and attorneys representing the President, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Under the bill, if Trump pardons any witness charged in the multiple probes into his foreign ties, 2016 presidential campaign, or businesses, Congress would automatically be provided with their investigative records.

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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.

Also Thursday, Michael Cohen's attorney said Trump's advisers had dangled the possibility of a pardon after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room in April 2018. Meanwhile, Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani is citing this as "more proof that Cohen is a liar".

On Monday, the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee launched a sweeping new investigation into Trump's inner circle, demanding documents from dozens of individuals including the president's sons Don Jr. and Eric and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

But he did not produce fresh evidence that Trump or his campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the election, the subject of an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in addition to the House probe.

Cohen's lawsuit also renews an allegation that's dogged Trump for much of his career: He has a penchant for cheating people out of money he had promised them.

Cohen's legal team argued that his statement was correct because Cohen never asked the president himself for a pardon.

No pardon was given, and Cohen ultimately pleaded guilty and is cooperating against the president in separate investigations by the special counsel and by federal prosecutors in NY.