March 14, 2019 12:03 am

New York lawyer says Michael Cohen pardon talks are now the focus of a U.S. federal probe

March 11: The White House said Monday that Michael Cohen lied in his recent testimony before Congress and that his own lawyer contradicted him over whether he asked for a pardon, but would not say if he had.

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An attorney who says he sought a presidential pardon for Michael Cohen has agreed to provide documents to federal prosecutors.

Attorney Robert Costello said in a statement Wednesday that the records would support his claim that Cohen asked him to broach the possibility of a pardon.

WATCH: March 8 — Trump says Michael Cohen lied about not asking for pardon


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Costello disputed Cohen’s claim that President Donald Trump and his legal team “dangled” a possible pardon before Cohen began co-operating with federal prosecutors.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan declined to comment.

READ MORE: In a letter, Michael Cohen says he looked into a pardon before he turned against Donald Trump

Costello told CNN that he brought up the possibility of Cohen receiving a pardon even though he believed the matter to be premature.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told The Associated Press that he told Costello the president was not considering any pardons at that point.

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