Cohen files lawsuit against Donald Trump's organization

64 percent of U.S. voters believe Trump committed a crime before he became president, poll shows

After former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's public testimony last week, Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have another Trump associate on their radar - Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer (CFO) of the Trump Organization. "I said NO. He lied again!"

Last week, Cohen testified before a congressional committee and accused Trump of being a "racist", a "conman" and a "cheat", and said did tasks at the direction of the president, such as making hush money payments to two women who had affairs with Trump in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Instead, President Donald Trump's former lawyer will be on Capitol Hill talking about the crimes he is now accusing Trump of committing.

Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, said in a written statement Thursday that his client was "open to the ongoing "dangling" of a possible pardon by Trump representatives privately and in the media" in the months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room in April 2018.

"Today's testimony by Michael Cohen that attorneys for the President edited or changed his statement to Congress to alter the duration of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations is completely false".

He said Trump knew in advance in mid-2016 that WikiLeaks would publish emails stolen by the Russians from rival Hillary Clinton's campaign.

The Washington Post reported last week that House and Senate committee lawmakers are investigating talks Cohen had about a pardon, which they believe could show the president attempted to use his pardoning power to obstruct justice and dissuade witnesses from testifying.

Cohen's response came within minutes and featured two references to Trump's "lies".

The lawsuit indicates that Cohen had been represented by McDermott Will & Emery in connection with investigations by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller.

He followed up that public House Oversight appearance with the first part of his closed-door House Intelligence interview the following day, where Schiff said the committee was able to "drill down" certain issues in even more detail.

There also continue to be questions and conflicting reports about whether Trump dangled a pardon to Cohen or if Cohen asked for a pardon.

Trump claimed on Twitter on Friday that Cohen asked him directly for a pardon, but did not say when the request was made or provide any evidence. "Lanny Davis coordinated and choreographed this whole thing", Jordan said.

Then, last June, as Cohen began telling people close to him that he would be willing to cooperate with Mueller's investigation, the Trump Organization abruptly stopped paying Cohen's lawyers, according to the lawsuit.

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