Michael Cohen’s attorney said his client would never accept a pardon from President Donald Trump after pleading guilty to a host of charges, including tax fraud and a campaign finance violation.
“Not only is he not hoping for it, he would not accept a pardon. He considers a pardon from somebody who has acted so corruptly as president to be something he would never accept,” attorney Lanny Davis said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today Show.”
“He’s turned his life from what he did for Donald Trump — much of which he now regrets and would love to do redos,” Davis added.
Cohen, one of Trump’s former private attorneys, pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of tax evasion from 2012 to 2016, one count of making a false statement to a financial institution. (RELATED: Paul Manafort Found Guilty On Eight Counts Of Tax And Bank Fraud)
“He’s [Cohen] turned his life from what he did for Donald Trump, much of which he now regrets…but he decided, fundamentally, that his family and his country were his priorities.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 22, 2018
Cohen is raising money through a GoFundMe page so he can speak out against the president, according to Davis, who was added on to Cohen’s legal team in July. The page is seeking $500,000.
“Right now, Michael Cohen needs help from the American people to tell the truth and we’ve set up a website. MichaelCohenTruthFund.com,” Davis said about the page.
Tuesday was a bad day for those formerly inside Trump’s universe. A federal jury in Virginia found the president’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty Tuesday on eight counts of tax evasion and bank fraud.
The jury returned the verdict on its fourth day of deliberation. Manafort faced 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud charges, but the jury told Judge T. S. Ellis III on Tuesday that it could not reach a consensus on 10 charges.
Manafort was accused of hiding income he received as part of his consulting work for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The government alleged that Manafort used offshore companies to hide the money, which he failed to report on his tax returns. The work for Yanukovych ended in 2014, two years before Manafort joined the Trump team.
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