Cohen willing to cooperate, not interested in presidential pardon, lawyer says

24 August, 2018, 05:26 | Author: Kevin Carter
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said impeaching Mr. Trump is "not a priority" for Democrats, telling the Associated Press after the Cohen and Manafort court decisions that "impeachment has to spring from something else".

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!" he wrote on Twitter, a message that belied a dour mood and weeks-long resentment at the betrayal by his onetime fixer.

Davis said he believed Trump committed federal crimes alongside Cohen by working on a plan to pay off the women.

After bashing Cohen Wednesday morning, Trump praised Manafort, saying, "Unlike Michael Cohen, [Manafort] refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal.' Such respect for a fearless man!"

A spokesman for the agency said that the subpoena was sent "in light of the public disclosures" made Tuesday.

President Donald Trump talks on the phone aboard Air Force One during a flight to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address a joint gathering of House and Senate Republicans, Thursday, January 26, 2017. The state tax-collecting agency and the attorney general are still investigating.

Legal scholars disagree on whether or not a sitting president can be indicted on federal criminal charges. special counsel Robert Mueller's office has told the president's lawyers that they will follow Department of Justice guidance and not indict a sitting president. The question that Trump's former attorney might be able to answer, Davis said, is "did he also have private information?" "He anxious about the future of our country with somebody who was aligning himself with Mr. Putin". Trump has denied the affairs with Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.

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Davis said he chose his words carefully so as not to violate attorney-client privilege by revealing the specifics of what Cohen had told him. For the first time in the Trump-Russia investigation, a Trump associate was found guilty of a crime that directly implicates the president.

"Mr Cohen is not interested in being dirtied by a pardon from such a man", Mr Davis told NPR.

An FBI raid on Cohen's NY office and hotel room in April rattled the president, who has complained publicly about what he felt was government overreach while privately worrying about what material Cohen may have had after working for the Trump Organization for a decade.

And the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said there was "no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president".

Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis said his client had information that would be of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether the 2016 Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation to influence the election. "Convictions tighten squeeze on Trump", was the headline in the Washington Post.

"Later on I knew", Trump told Fox News Channel when asked if he knew about the payments. The page, which says it was created by Davis, raised more than $40,000 since it started on Tuesday. The heavily scrutinized encounter, Davis said, "requires an overt act to be criminal".

Mr Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign with Moscow and repeatedly called Mr Mueller's investigation a witch hunt. A set of talking points distributed by Republican leadership on Wednesday morning instructed pundits to remind interviewers "there is still no evidence of collusion" and the legal developments have "nothing to do with collusion with Russian Federation". Cohen's personal lawyer Lanny Davis tweeted on Tuesday.

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