Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Matt Whitaker raised concerns that prosecutors overreached with Michael Cohen while AG

Matt Whitaker raised concerns that prosecutors overreached with Michael Cohen while AG

Giuliani had previously said he never offered anyone a pardon on the president's behalf.

The former acting AG defended those discussions, saying they occur regularly "under any attorney general", according to those present at the meeting.

They said Cohen lied when he claimed he did not want a position in the Trump administration and that he did not seek a pardon from his former boss.

Collins also dismissed a Nadler statement that Whitaker was involved in conversations about firing one or more US attorneys as "normal personnel issues".

In a letter to Whitaker asking for him to return and clarify his comments, Nadler said that the committee "has identified several individuals with direct knowledge of the phone calls you denied receiving" from the White House.

They said federal prosecutors in NY say Cohen sought employment in the Trump administration - something Cohen repeatedly denied in the hearing.

Collins, however, said that the conversations were part of normal personnel decisions while Whitaker was atop the Justice Department, and there was nothing "nefarious" about those talks.

Trump himself challenged that claim.

U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department on Capitol Hill in Washington Feb. 8 2019. REUTERS  Jonathan Ernst  File

After Wednesday's meeting, Nadler said that 'unlike in the hearing room, Mr. Whitaker did not deny that the president called him to discuss the Michael Cohen case'.

But during combative questioning by Democrats, Whitaker was asked by Nadler whether he had "communicated any information" he had learned in briefings with investigators to the president.

The top Democrat and Republican on the House Judiciary Committee disagreed Wednesday over what exactly former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker told them behind closed doors regarding his conversations with President Donald Trump - and the public may never know for sure what was actually said.

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

Cohen's public committee testimony last month "could have been clearer and more complete", Monico wrote in the letter obtained by The Associated Press.

Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer and spokesman, told CNN he could not comment on the matter if it involved documents provided to the intelligence committees, but noted: "as a general matter from my own past experience, it is impossible to deny or try to spin your way out of what documents say".

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

Whitaker left the Justice Department after Attorney General William Barr was confirmed February 14.

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