The special counsel’s office has interviewed former Trump attorney Michael Cohen for several hours over the past month, according to a report Thursday from ABC News.
Cohen was asked about President Donald Trump’s contacts in Russia, possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and whether his former boss has discussed pardoning him, sources told ABC.
Cohen pleaded guilty in a federal court in Manhattan on Aug. 21 on tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violation charges. Cohen admitted to arranging payments just before the 2016 election to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in the case on Dec. 12.
Cohen’s meetings with the special counsel are not entirely unexpected. Though Cohen’s plea agreement did not require him to cooperate with federal prosecutors, his attorney, Lanny Davis, has said that the former Trump associate was willing to talk to the special counsel.
The 52-year-old lawyer has been accused in the unverified Steele dossier of helping the Trump campaign coordinate with Kremlin operatives to influence the election. The dossier, funded by Democrats, alleged that Cohen traveled to Prague as part of the conspiracy.
Davis, a close ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, has claimed since Cohen’s plea agreement that his client did not travel to Prague. (RELATED: Lanny Davis: Dossier’s Claims About Michael Cohen Are ‘All False’)
“Thirteen references to Mr. Cohen are false in the dossier, but he has never been to Prague in his life,” Davis said in an interview on Aug. 22.
“By the way, the number of time that falsehood has been repeated — I’m not accusing you — is the classic example that if you mention something a million times, and you get Google hits and they’re all false, it’s zero-zero,” Davis continued.
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