Cohen's lawyer says Trump team dangled pardon

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US President Donald Trump has put the credibility of his formal personal lawyer back under the spotlight, accusing Michael Cohen of lying under oath to lawmakers when the lawyer denied ever asking Trump for a presidential pardon.

"[Trump] needs to address these issues soberly, directly and maturely...can President Trump survive all this?" the judge asked, then answered with: "Yes - but not if he has another week like the last one".

But Davis continued that since Cohen began working with federal prosecutors in July and "authorized me as a new lawyer to say publicly Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from President Trump even if offered".

Davis, who was not Cohen's lawyer at the time, says Cohen "directed his attorney" to explore a possible pardon with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others on Trump's legal team. When Cohen was asked about Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump's former lawyer said that he didn't have any direct knowledge that the president had colluded with the foreign government. "Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon".

"Mr. Trump's foreign policy approach is anything but normal", he wrote.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), who serves on both the Oversight and Intelligence Committees, said of Cohen that "my impression is he comes across as credible".

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Long before he entered politics, Trump embellished his record, posing as his own spokesman to plant flattering stories in NY gossip pages and declaring that the 58-story Trump Tower was actually 68 stories so it would be the tallest in that section of Midtown Manhattan.

His administration has had more than 9,000 misleading statements, according to The Washington Post - fake news, according to the president.

Trump repeated this sentiment to reporters on Thursday, saying that Cohen's assertion was "a stone-cold lie".

Trump has tweeted about Cohen nearly every day for the past week and complained about him to reporters as he prepared to depart to survey tornado damage in Alabama.

Cohen's spokesman Lanny Davis told ABC news this week that Cohen's statement to congress was technically true, as he had never personally asked Trump for a pardon. He has defended his scattershot approach with a series of memorable turns of phrases, including one that could act as a motto for many of those involved in the saga.

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