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.
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) August 22, 2018
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 federal court today about @realDonaldTrump instruction to @MichaelCohen212 to pay money to 2 women that Mr. Cohen admitted was a campaign finance law violation (2 of 3)
— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) August 21, 2018
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 (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018
But Trump only hires the best people?
I don't think he'll be a lawyer much longer.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) August 22, 2018
Boy, Trump is truly an excellent judge of character, isn’t he? Half his campaign staff are convicted felons now, including his long time lawyer, Giuliani has gone full Orwell, and Omarosa is playing him like a fiddle.
— Morgana voted 4 Beto (@morgana_SSS) August 22, 2018
Good thing I found this Yelp review before I hired this Cohen guy to handle MY Russian collusion!
— Tom the Dancing Bug (@RubenBolling) August 22, 2018
He IS a parody of a President.
— Some Bald Bloke. (@SomeBaldBloke) August 22, 2018
— John Simpson (@Simpsonn019) August 22, 2018
If anyone is looking for a good president, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Donald Trump! There I fixed it for you.
— Karim Babin (@karimbabin) August 22, 2018
That’s a “hella burn on Trump,” Twitter users responded.