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. He said when he was brought on to Cohen's legal team in June, his client "authorized me as a new lawyer to say publicly Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from President Trump even if offered".
At the time Ryan asked about a pardon, several White House lawyers dismissed the idea - but not Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Earlier this year, Cohen hired two new Chicago lawyers and parted ways with the attorneys who represented him for months as he cooperated with Mueller and prosecutors in the Southern District of NY. "He lied!", Trump tweeted. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. "I said NO. He lied again!"
Under the bill, if Trump pardons any witness charged in the multiple probes into his foreign ties, 2016 presidential campaign, or businesses, Congress would automatically be provided with their investigative records.
Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump ...
Cohen has become a key figure in congressional investigations after turning on his former boss and co-operating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
He said these included two lawsuits by Daniels, the NY attorney-general's lawsuit concerning Mr Trump's namesake charity, the Mueller and congressional probes, and his criminal case.
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'.
Scarborough pointed out that when pro-Trump Republicans questioned Cohen on February 27, they went out of their way to discredit his testimony and paint as untrustworthy-and Scarborough (a NeverTrump conservative and former Republican congressman) invited Fox to comment on a new Quinnipiac poll in which Americans were asked whether they found Trump or Cohen more believable.
It came as Cohen, 52, prepares this spring to begin a three-year prison term, following his guilty plea to campaign finance violations.
The committee first interviewed Trump Jr.in 2017, when he told the panel he was only "peripherally aware" of the proposal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.