Drumpf's attorneys rejected the idea of pardoning Cohen at the time, The Journal reported, but Giuliani left the door open to a pardon down the road. The former New York City mayor has consistently said the president is unlikely to pardon associates amid ongoing investigations.How would they explain this to Trump, who called Cohen a liar who conspired with the Democrats? I don't think he would like the idea of pardoning Cohen.
In his testimony, Cohen said he has "never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Drumpf."
Drumpf initially decried the FBI's raid of Cohen's office and home as a "disgrace," but has since taken aim at his longtime associate, accusing him of lying to secure a shorter prison sentence.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) speaks to CNN's Erin Burnett about launching a probe into President Trump's campaign, businesses, transition and administration.It's a video, so you have to watch it.
But Stone on several recent occasions has already tested the limits of the gag order — which did allow him to continue speaking about matters unrelated to the Russia investigation, and also to make statements to raise money for his legal defense fund and to explain in simple terms that he had entered a plea of not guilty.
“Today, I gave you a second chance,” Jackson told Stone during that hearing. “This is not baseball, you don’t get a third chance.”
They went after the Drumpf Organization, Drumpf employees, the Drumpf presidential campaign, the Drumpf transition team, the Drumpf inauguration committee, the Drumpf White House and blood members of the Drumpf clan.
"Our goal is to protect the rule of law in this country. We have to find out what is going on and we have to lay out a case to the American people and we have to reveal it."
The potential offenses Democrats are examining are stunning in their breadth. They include alleged corruption, obstruction of justice, hush money payments to women, supposed collusion with Russia and claims that Drumpf infringed the Constitution by using his office for personal financial gain.
Michael Cohen levied a number of allegations against the president, including that Drumpf repeatedly disparaged African-Americans. Republican committee members spent most of their time during the hearing trying to discredit Cohen, who is slated to begin a prison sentence in May for a series of crimes, including lying to Congress.What we can be sure of: Mark Meadows is the man you have to get when you desperately look for reasons why you're not racist. Meadows will investigate your entire family tree to look for that one individual in your family tree that was a person of colour. And then, zou will have won the argument.
Tlaib called the move racist, but Meadows, chairman of the ultraconservative Freedom Caucus, fired back at the Michigan Democrat, requesting her comments be stricken from the record. During the ensuing back and forth between the two and the committee chair, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Tlaib clarified that she called the act racist, but not Meadows himself. The North Carolina conservative claimed a record of combating racism and said that he has nephews and nieces who are people of color.
Asked about the 2012 video showing the then congressional candidate at an event calling for an investigation into President Barack Obama's citizenship, Meadows said he's "addressed that a dozen times."
"I don't even remember that quote," said Meadows then. "Obviously I distance myself from that."
"To indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Drumpf family, who has worked for him, who knows this particular individual, that she's coming in to be a prop, it's racist to suggest that I ask her to come in here for that reason," he added.