The Independent reports:
Michael Cohen’s lawyer has said his client will refuse any pardon from Donald Trump, branding the US president a “criminal”. Lanny Davis, who was hired by Mr Cohen last month, told National Public Radio Mr Trump’s former attorney would “never” accept a pardon from “a man that he considers to be a corrupt and a dangerous person”.
The unexpected statement comes as yet another blow to Mr Trump’s chances of extricating himself from what is developing into a legal minefield. “He has flatly authorised me to say under no circumstances would he accept a pardon from Mr Trump, who uses the pardon power in a way that no president in American history has ever used,” Mr Davis said.
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
“Definitively no, under no circumstances” would President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen seek a potential pardon from Trump, Cohen’s attorney says https://t.co/GC5XWosGh0 pic.twitter.com/gE3wN6d7Jc
— CNN (@CNN) August 22, 2018
— Fernand R. Amandi (@AmandiOnAir) August 22, 2018
Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis says his client doesn’t want to be “dirtied” by a presidential pardon https://t.co/IDmWR1e3yj
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 22, 2018
Cohen not interested in a pardon.
His lawyer this morning:
Trump is unsuitable to have the powers of that office which he has abused and will continue to abuse perhaps using the pardon power and Michael Cohen wants no part of that.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) August 22, 2018
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