Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Cohen's Lawyer: Cohen 'Would Not Accept' Trump Pardon

Cohen's Lawyer: Cohen 'Would Not Accept' Trump Pardon

Trump, of course, continued to deny any wrongdoing on Twitter Wednesday morning, making claims of a "witch hunt" against him, as well as saying Cohen is not a good lawyer worth hiring (despite Trump retaining his services for a number of years).

Facing a growing threat to his presidency, President Donald Trump lashed at his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a day after the onetime "fixer" implicated Trump in a campaign cover-up to buy the silence of women who said they had sexual relationships with him.

Cohen said in federal court Tuesday that he made the payments "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office".

In a round of television interviews, Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, said Trump's former longtime lawyer saw the wanted no part in what he saw as the president's abuse of his clemency power.

In West Virginia, Trump echoed those words, calling Manafort a "good man" who worked for previous Republican presidential candidates Ronald Reagan and Bob Dole.

He added, on CNN, that "Cohen has knowledge that would be of interest to the special counsel about whether Donald Trump knew ahead of time about the hacking of emails".

Cohen was once one of Trump's most loyal defenders and even said at one point that he would "take a bullet" for Trump.

"In Cohen's case, because they had him over a barrel, because they had all these crimes that they could prosecute him for, they got him to sign a plea that was not negotiated, it was take it or leave it, and he signed it to save his own hide and get a reduced sentence", Schlapp said.

Cohen is scheduled for sentencing on December 12 and his bail was set at $500,000.

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The president's longtime lawyer dealt him a bitter political blow as he admitted to felony charges in NY that included making illegal campaign contributions.

The state's investigation follows Democratic state Attorney General Barbara Underwood's lawsuit alleging Trump illegally tapped his Trump Foundation to settle legal disputes, help his campaign for president and pay for personal and business expenses, which included spending $10,000 on a 6-foot portrait of himself. "This is Michael fulfilling his promise made on July 2nd to put his family and country first and tell the truth about Donald Trump".

Trump has acknowledged that he paid Cohen between $100,000 and $250,000 a year ago. The verdict, he said, "doesnt involve me, but I still feel, you know, its a very sad thing that happened".

Cohen is not the only former Trump associate to be convicted of a crime - former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty of financial fraud-related crimes on Tuesday, former national security adviser Mike Flynn is awaiting sentencing, and former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to 8 crimes:...

"Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal, '" tweeted the president.

That contradicted Cohen's previous claim he had paid off one of the women without the president's knowledge. Current Justice Department guidelines say a sitting president can not be indicted - but building a legitimate criminal case against Trump would make it harder for Republicans to stand united in opposition to impeaching the president. He added, "Such respect for a courageous man!" The decision to plead guilty also sparked a mocking comeback from Trump on Wednesday.

The trial was not related to Trump's campaign, which Manafort led for a few months in 2016.

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