Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former longtime attorney and fixer, initially believed that he would receive a pardon in exchange for backing the president during discussions with federal prosecutors, two people familiar with the matter told CNN.
Cohen returned from a March trip to the president’s private resort at Mar-a-Lago believing he would be pardoned if he was charged for standing by his story regarding payments he made to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, CNN reported. Trump was also at Mar-a-Lago at the time, the outlet notes.
According to CNN, another source said people close to Trump told Cohen that the president would protect him after the FBI raided Cohen’s office and home. Cohen, CNN reported, believed he would receive a pardon from the president if he stayed on message. The outlet reported that it was unclear who contacted Cohen.
“The President of the United States never indicated anything to Michael, or anyone else, about getting a pardon,” Rudy Giuliani, the president’s attorney, told CNN. “Pardons are off the table, but it’s not a limitation on his power in the future to pardon in any case.” – READ MORE