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Cohen's lawyer says Trump may have known he planned to make false testimony

The Hill logo The Hill 12/13/2018 John Bowden
a man wearing a suit and tie: Cohen's lawyer says Trump may have known he planned to make false testimony © Getty Images Cohen's lawyer says Trump may have known he planned to make false testimony The lawyer for Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, said Trump knew Cohen lied to Congress ahead of time.

Lanny Davis, an attorney representing Cohen in his ongoing legal battles with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, told Bloomberg Radio's "Sound On" that while Trump did not direct Cohen specifically to lie to Congress, he knew his lawyer's plans and did not direct him to tell the truth.

"Mr. Trump and the White House knew that Michael Cohen would be testifying falsely to Congress and did not tell him not to," Davis told Bloomberg News.

"There will come a time after Mr. Mueller is done with his work that Michael Cohen will be sitting in front of a microphone before a congressional committee and what he has to say about the truth will be judged by the members of Congress listening and then will be up to people to decide whether he has got the facts or not," Cohen's attorney continued, referenced special counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting a separate investigation into the Trump campaign.

Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison in connection to his payments made to women who threatened during the 2016 campaign to come forward with stories of affairs they allegedly had with then-candidate Donald Trump.

In August, Cohen plead guilty to eight charges including campaign finance violations and a single charge of lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow that were never ultimately pursued.

Cohen blasted the president in a statement following his sentencing, according to multiple reports, over Trump's insults aimed at him in recent days.

"Recently the president tweeted a statement calling me weak, and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying," Cohen said. "It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds."

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