A lawyer representing former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said Wednesday that Cohen instructed a lawyer last year to ask for a possible apology from President Trump.
The presentation of Lanny Davis, reported by the Wall Street Journal, Cohen's contradictions last week on Capitol Hill, where Cohen told members House Oversight and Reform Committee: "I never asked, nor would I accept an apology from Mr Trump."
According to the Journal story, Davis Cohen said "instructed his lawyer" to ask for a possible excuse. The newspaper added that it previously reported that Stephen Ryan, a former lawyer for Cohen, was discussing an apology with President Trump's lawyers in the weeks following the FBI agents razzerede Coh's home, office and hotel room.
Wednesday's remarks from Davis marked at least the second time the lawyer has acknowledged information as opposed to what Cohen has said about Capitol Hill.
Last week, Davis said in a statement that Cohen was wondering about taking a job at the White House, although Cohen told the members of the House panel that he hadn't done so. But Davis stopped saying that Cohen was not truthful in his testimony.
"If this is what Mr Trump and his supporters are focusing on – and not a single re-affirmation of something alleged by Mr Cohen in his long day of testimony under oath to the Monitoring Committee – who says a lot" Davis said Friday. "This is the classic Trump tactic we've seen for a long time – derived and less than confronting facts and telling the truth."
Regarding the pursuit of forgiveness, sources told the journal that three trump lawyers – Rudy Giuliani, Jay Sekulow and Joanna Hendon – rejected the idea of an excuse for Cohen, although Giuliani did not dismiss the thought of forgiveness at a later date.
Giuliani said earlier this week that he is offering a standard answer when lawyers ask for a presidential apology for their client:
"I always give the same answer, which is," The president will not consider any excuses at this time, and no one should think he is "," Giuliani told the Journal.
But he added that he also responds: "Whatever happens in the future, it is [the president’s] privilege."
Giuliani would not confirm whether Cohen's lawyers were among those he met, Journal reported.
Fox News & # 39; Alex Pappas and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.