Monday, 10 December, 2018

Trump dismisses query about Michael Cohen pardon with two words: 'stupid question'

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein
Melinda Barton | 24 April, 2018, 19:12

ABC News's Jonathan Karl asked Trump if he would consider pardoning Cohen.

Trump clearly didn't like that, because he glared at Karl, pointed in his direction and snarled that it was a "stupid question". Cohen's office and personal residence were then raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation prompting an angry retaliation from President Donald Trump. In addition, prosecutors reportedly are looking at whether Cohen committed bank fraud, along with possible improper campaign donations to the president.

So much for no such thing as a stupid question.

She referred future questions to Cohen's and Trump's lawyers.

Trump launched an attack against the New York Times on Twitter on Saturday, after the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Maggie Haberman wrote about the pressure Cohen was facing to testify against Trump, in order to avoid expensive legal fees and potential criminal charges. "I think we've stated that about a thousand times".

The president's lawyers and advisers fears there is the "strong possibility" that Cohen, who has a wife and two children, will flip on Trump.

The president, who dined with Cohen at Mar-a-Lago in the weeks before the raids and phoned him in the days that followed to "check in", said his attorney was "a fine person with a wonderful family".

'Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories, ' the president tweeted.

'Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected, ' he continued.