Michael Cohen’s lawyer says Cohen would never accept pardon from “Corrupt Trump” after pleading guilty to campaign violations.
On Tuesday, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer pleaded guilty to eight federal criminal counts including tax evasion and campaign finance violations. When asked if Cohen would take a pardon deal from Trump, Cohen’s lawyer, #LannyDavis said he absolutely would not. “I know that Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from a man that he considers to be both corrupt and a dangerous person in the oval office,” Davis told NPR’s Morning Edition. “And [Cohen] has flatly authorized me to say under no circumstances would he accept a pardon from Mr. Trump.” Davis says Trump uses pardoning as a way to protect “political cronies,” and that Cohen “is not interested in being dirtied by a pardon from such a man.”
Cohen admitted to paying off two women for Trump in a sum of $250,000 to avoid distractions during his presidential campaign. Trump has since acknowledged that he reimbursed Cohen for the payments made to the women – which he referred to as payments “used to stop the false and extortionist accusations.” Naturally, Trump responded to Cohen’s guilty plea via Twitter.
“If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!” Trump wasn’t the only person who had something to say on the matter, former Republican #SteveSchmidt responded to a headline about Cohen looking to tell special counsel #RobertMueller about Trump’s “conspiracy to collude with Russia.”
“This means Trump’s Presidency is not only illegitimate but criminal. It means a Presidential election was compromised by the most insidious criminal conspiracy in American History. It means Trump is a traitor and Putin determined the outcome. The impeachment bar has been reached,” said Schmidt.
Now, Cohen plans on talking to Mueller about how Trump knew about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting prior to it taking place – in which the Russian hacking of Democratic institutions was discussed. Cohen could face up to about five years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, according to his plea agreement.