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After Closed Meeting, Nadler Makes New Claims About Whitaker's DOJ Conduct

After Closed Meeting, Nadler Makes New Claims About Whitaker's DOJ Conduct

Nadler also said after the meeting that Whitaker was "directly involved" in conversations about whether to fire "one or more" US attorneys - though he did not say which ones.

U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and one-time "fixer" Michael Cohen's testimony to Congress regarding any potential pardon for his crimes could have been clearer, but he never personally asked the president for such a reprieve, Cohen's lawyer said.

But Collins, a Georgia Republican, contradicted much of Nadler's account.

Ever since Whitaker was tapped to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions last fall, Democrats have held suspicions that Trump picked him over more qualified people to run the Justice Department as a way to curtail special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election or to deliver information about it to the White House.

Monico reiterated that denial in his letter to Cummings, saying Cohen never asked Trump for a pardon and that Trump never offered one.

Republican aides and the committee's top Democrat relayed that Whitaker said in the meeting that, while acting AG, he had shared concerns with his staff about the Southern District of New York's campaign finance charge against Michael Cohen.

Conflicting reports have emerged about former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's remarks following a closed-door meeting with Congress members.

Jerrold Nadler, said that Whitaker was "involved in conversations" about the case against Cohen and whether it might have gone too far.

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Nadler, on Wednesday, did not elaborate on what exactly Whitaker said behind closed doors about the phone call.

Both women have claimed they had affairs with Trump.

"One, unlike in the hearing room, Mr. Whitaker did not deny that the president called him to discuss Michael Cohen, the Michael Cohen case, and personnel decisions in the southern district".

News reports said Trump did lash out at Whitaker, but Whitaker said in the hearing that he did not.

But after the hearing before the House Oversight Committee last month, Cohen attorney Lanny Davis admitted that Cohen "directed his attorney" to ask about a possible pardon.

"He would not say no", Nadler said when pressed further.

Cohen pleaded guilty as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to making false statements to Congress in 2017 regarding the timeline of a Trump Tower project in Russian Federation.

Cohen pleaded guilty a year ago to circumventing campaign finance laws when he paid pornographic actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money before the 2016 election so that the story wouldn't derail Trump's campaign.