President Trump Could Testify On Cohen Lies Giving Him More Prison Time

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Hot off the heels of impressing nobody but Russia truthers with his congressional testimony, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen got into an explosive Twitter fight with his former boss Friday, on the subject of whether he had ever requested a pardon from his former boss.

First, let’s set the background with this refresher from CNBC:

Cohen, as part of his guilty plea, said Trump directed him to facilitate the payments of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal shortly before the 2016 presidential election to keep them both quiet about their alleged affairs with Trump. Cohen also pleaded guilty to having lied to Congress about details of an aborted plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and denies having had sex with either Daniels or McDougal.

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen in the spring of 2018 told his lawyer at the time to ask about the possibility of a pardon from Trump, several weeks after the FBI raided his Manhattan home, office and the hotel room where he has been living with his family during ongoing home renovations.

Cohen’s attorney, longtime Clinton family lackey Lanny Davis, contends that at the time, Cohen “directed his attorney to explore possibilities of a pardon at one point with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as other lawyers advising President Trump,” but after July 2 of last year Cohen decided he “would never accept a pardon from President Trump even if offered.

“That continues to be the case,” Davis insists. “And his statement at the Oversight Hearing was true — and consistent with his post joint defense agreement commitment to tell the truth.”

On Friday, Trump responded with a series of Twitter torpedoes and retweets from journalists and lawmakers who back his version of events on this point, and more generally poke holes in Cohen’s credibility:

Does Cohen deserve more prison time?

Cohen shot back with a tweet of his own:

So far, Cohen doesn’t have a lot of credibility with which to make his claim stick; Breitbart reports that a new The Hill-HarrisX poll finds that just 37% of respondents found his testimony last week to be credible. Worse, only 58% of Democrats are willing to say they think he was telling the truth.

Still, Cohen also took the opportunity to retweet a challenge by a California Democrat on the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees:

Throughout the Russia investigation, there’s been a lot of chatter over whether the president would be willing to answer questions under oath.

That hasn’t happened yet, but you can bet that as the collusion narrative continues to fall apart and the Left finds less and less to hang their hysterics on, Democrats and their allies in the media will intensify these calls, as a last, desperate bid to draw a false comparison between Trump and his accusers. If the facts can’t get Trump impeached, they’ll hope, maybe cheap innuendo that he must have something to hide will chip away enough re-election votes to get him out of office the old-fashioned way.

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