Report: Michael Cohen, before he flipped, expected Trump’s protection
Dec 01, 2018 (Agencia EFE via COMTEX) —
Washington, Dec 1 (efe-epa).- Michael Cohen, the former longtime lawyer and so-called fixer for Donald Trump, expected a pardon or some other form of protection in exchange for remaining “on message” and only switched gears when Trump publicly downplayed his associations with him, CNN reported, according to a Dow Jones Newswires report made available to EFE on Saturday.
CNN said that as recently as March, after a visit to the Trump club Mar-a-Lago in Florida, Cohen had the impression he would be protected if he stuck to his story about payments to adult-film personality Stormy Daniels.
Trump personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor, reportedly told CNN that Trump never indicated to Cohen that a pardon was in the offing.
Five months after the Mar-a-Lago trip, Cohen had become a cooperating witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s alleged cyber attack on the 2016 election and prospective ties between the Trump campaign and Russian state actors.