Michael Cohen Lawyer Reportedly Approached Trump Attorneys About Possible Pardon Last Year
A new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals that a lawyer for Michael Cohen spoke with President Donald Trump‘s lawyers after the raid on Cohen’s office last year regarding the possibility of a pardon.
After his testimony last week, the Washington Post reported that lawmakers are investigating whether Cohen “was involved in any discussions about possible pardons.”
And now, the Journal reports tonight that Cohen’s then-attorney Stephen Ryan raised the issue after the April raid:
Mr. Cohen’s attorney at the time, Stephen Ryan, discussed the possibility of a pardon with lawyers for Mr. Trump in the weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Mr. Cohen’s home, office and hotel room, the people said. The pardon discussions occurred while Mr. Ryan was working alongside lawyers for Mr. Trump to review files seized from Mr. Cohen’s premises by the FBI to determine whether they were protected by attorney-client privilege.
The president’s lawyers dismissed the idea, but the Journal notes that Rudy Giuliani “left open the possibility” of a future pardon.
The report does note how Cohen said in his testimony last week that he “never asked for” a pardon, though it adds it’s unclear whether Cohen was aware of this discussion or if he “personally asked” for one.
You can read the full report here. Journal reporter Michael Rothfeld joined Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the big news tonight, which you can watch above, via MSNBC.
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