In a complaint filed in a NY state court in Manhattan on Thursday, Cohen said the Trump Organisation breached its obligations to indemnify him after it became clear he would co-operate in investigations into his work, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian influence in the 2016 USA presidential election.
Michael Cohen argued he had a "contractual agreement" that said the Trump Organization, where he had worked for as a special counsel to Trump for more than a decade, would pay costs incurred while working in various matters on behalf of the company.
Testifying before Congress last week, Cohen said he'd never asked Trump for a pardon and would never accept one from him.
"You're getting in trouble because you work for me, you're getting reimbursed", Giuliani said. "Serial liars often try the same deception too often", Giuliani scoffed in a tweet Thursday.
Cohen just wrapped up a series of appearances before Congress.
Schiff said that his legislation would address instances when the president initiates a pardon for an individual linked to an investigation in which the president or a family member is a subject, target or witness.
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Jordan, R-Ohio, who last week sent a referral to Attorney General William Barr seeking a probe of Cohen's testimony, urged Cummings, D-Md., to support the efforts after Cohen's lawyer admitted he once "directed his attorney" to ask about a possible presidential pardon past year - despite testifying he never sought a pardon.
The report goes on to allege Cohen made the call after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his law office and residence back in April.
"His [Cohen's] lawyer said that they went to my lawyers and asked for pardons", Trump said.
The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Shortly after that, Cohen hinted on "Good Morning America" that he was considering striking a deal with the NY prosecutors who were investigating him.
Cohen, who will report to federal prison in May, is demanding reimbursement for "millions of dollars in reimbursed attorneys" fees and costs' - implying that he wants the Trump Organization to pay Lanny Davis, the one-time Clinton advisor who has been part of his legal team.
Despite some Democrats pushing for impeachment proceedings, most voters say they should not happen. Nobody is taking that away from him.
Cohen has become a key figure in congressional investigations since turning on his former boss and co-operating with the special counsel. During last week's public testimony, he called Trump a con man, a cheat and a racist. "Chairman Cummings warned Michael Cohen that if he lied to the Oversight Committee, he would be held accountable".
But since then, Davis said, Cohen has been clear that he wouldn't accept a pardon.
Now Davis, an established Washington-insider attorney, is claiming Cohen's statement last week 'was true - and consistent with his post-joint defense agreement commitment to tell the truth'.
Davis did not immediately respond Thursday to text messages and emails seeking additional information.
Michael Cohen, a former personal lawyer and confidante for President Trump.
Cohen filed a $2 million lawsuit against the Trump Organization Thursday, claiming that they had promised to cover legal fees springing from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
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