Michael Cohen’s Lawyer Lanny Davis Says He Has “Information Of Interest” To Robert Mueller, Would Reject Trump Pardon
“I can tell you it’s my observation that what he knows, what he witnessed, will be of interest to the special counsel,” Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America.
On Tuesday, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges that included campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax evasion. Cohen confessed that the illegal payments he made to women with whom Trump had extramarital affairs were made at the direction of the president in order to influence the 2016 election.
Davis also blasted Trump in Wednesday’s interview, telling Stephanopoulos that the president committed “a criminal act that corrupted our democracy.” Cohen’s lawyer added that his client would not accept a pardon from Trump should the president offer one.
Davis added that Cohen “will tell the truth to everybody who asks him about Mr. Trump.”
Today he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal purpose of influencing an election. If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?
— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) August 21, 2018
Trump’s Twitter posts on Wednesday, however, suggests he likely won’t pardon Cohen. In one tweet, the president wrote: “If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!”
Trump did not say anything about Cohen’s plea deal at Tuesday night’s campaign rally in West Virginia. The president’s longtime lawyer and “fixer’ is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 12.
This is a big deal. The admission by Mr. Davis relating to the wire, if true, results in significant trouble for Mr. Trump. And we are coming for him. https://t.co/apILDbqaEI
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) August 22, 2018