Hours after President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors for his involvement in financial crimes and campaign finance violations on Tuesday, his lawyer, Lanny Davis, told NPR that Cohen would not accept a pardon from Trump.
"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 said to NPR's Rachel Martin Wednesday morning.
Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, just drew a pretty clear line on whether Cohen would accept a pardon from Trump. Da… https://t.co/aTiAvM3W4K— Michael Del Moro (@Michael Del Moro) 1534934796.0
Cohen "flatly authorized me to say under no circumstances would he accept a pardon from Mr. Trump," Davis added, "who uses the pardon power in a way that no president in American history has ever used a pardon — to relieve people of guilt who committed crimes, who are political cronies of his."
Davis continued his savage rejection of a potential pardon of Cohen, citing past pardons issued by the president for individuals such as Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff whom Trump pardoned last year after Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court.
"Mr. Cohen is not interested in being dirtied by a pardon from such a man" as Trump, Davis said.
Davis referred to Trump as a "criminal" following Cohen's admission that "a candidate for federal office" had directed him to pay hush money to two women weeks before the 2016 election with the intent of swaying the outcome of the race.
Davis confirmed that Trump is the unindicted co-conspirator referenced in Cohen's plea deal.
Now @MichaelCohen212 is committed to continue to do so going forward as can be seen from his sworn statement in fed… https://t.co/9fryd4MuyM— Lanny Davis (@Lanny Davis) 1534894565.0
Davis said the real issue isn't trying to silence women, but rather, Trump's blatant instruction to "influence the outcome of an election."
"He has not pled guilty to a crime, but his own lawyers have described him directing somebody to do something that is a criminal act — which is to hush up his affairs with two women," Davis said. "And that's not what this is about: It's about his hushing up those affairs in order to influence the outcome of an election."
Davis added that Cohen intends on cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
"If he tells the truth to the special counsel who talks to him, and I believe he will," Davis said, "he will have topics that in my opinion will be of interest to the special counsel in his Russian investigation and related topics."
For his part, Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning that Cohen is a lousy lawyer.
If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1534941848.0
But Trump only hires the best people?
@TrumpsareNazis @waltshaub @realDonaldTrump Boy, Trump is truly an excellent judge of character, isn’t he? Half his… https://t.co/KXIA5LU03q— Morgana (@Morgana) 1534946602.0
@realDonaldTrump Good thing I found this Yelp review before I hired this Cohen guy to handle MY Russian collusion!— Tom the Dancing Bug (@Tom the Dancing Bug) 1534945957.0
@Mark_S_M @SLATUKIP @realDonaldTrump He IS a parody of a President.— Some Bald Bloke. (@Some Bald Bloke.) 1534946167.0
@realDonaldTrump If anyone is looking for a good president, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the serv… https://t.co/zOrwYpM6qA— Karim Babin 🌊🌊🌊 (@Karim Babin 🌊🌊🌊) 1534946025.0
That's a "hella burn on Trump," Twitter users responded.
Cohen "knew no pardon was coming anyway."
@MikeDelMoro @Morning_Joe Lanny is not mincing his words. I'm captivated by it all. https://t.co/dCtzz7ltWz— Citizen D (@Citizen D) 1534937239.0
@MikeDelMoro @TeaPainUSA @Morning_Joe This is a hilarious statement but also kind of sad considering their previous relationship.— dojo of Artemisia Gentileschi (@dojo of Artemisia Gentileschi) 1534939508.0
@MikeDelMoro @aliasvaughn @Morning_Joe Ooooo POTUS you in trouble chile https://t.co/PS9wdgXqJT— Joi Jackson Perle (@Joi Jackson Perle) 1534939117.0
@MikeDelMoro @NatashaBertrand @Morning_Joe That’s a remarkable statement from Lanny Davis. I hope it’s true.— Tracy Steinbach (@Tracy Steinbach) 1534940964.0
Others thanked Davis, a long-time supporter of the Clintons, for his efforts to take Trump down.
"Thanks for your work."
@LannyDavis @Veteran_Kelly @MichaelCohen212 @realDonaldTrump Thanks for you work and participation in these events Lanny!— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Vote Dem for the Planet) 1534910949.0
@LannyDavis @MichaelCohen212 @realDonaldTrump Make Attorneys Get Attorneys #maga #draintheswamp— toddr (@toddr) 1534899764.0
@LannyDavis @MeatballMom2 @MichaelCohen212 @realDonaldTrump Before any one accepts Cohen as a "hero" we need him to tell ALL. Everything.— MomsThoughts™ (@MomsThoughts™) 1534944178.0
@LannyDavis @MichaelCohen212 @realDonaldTrump Lanny Davis, you are brilliant.— Sharon (@Sharon) 1534919252.0