President Donald Trump went after his former attorney, Michael Cohen on Friday, accusing Cohen of lying about asking for a pardon. The president wrote on Twitter, “… he directly asked me for a pardon.”
It was the latest blow in the fallout between Trump and his former fixer. Last week, in an hours-long testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Cohen called Trump a racist and detailed his involvement with the president.
Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon. His lawyers totally contradicted him. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. I said NO. He lied again! He also badly wanted to work at the White House. He lied!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2019
In response to Trump, Cohen hit back on Twitter, writing that the tweet was “just another set of lies.” He also quipped, “You may want to use today to apologize for your own lies,” and mentioned two women who reportedly had affairs with Trump.
Just another set of lies by @POTUS @realdonaldtrump. Mr. President…let me remind you that today is #InternationalWomensDay. You may want use today to apologize for your own #lies and #DirtyDeeds to women like Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) March 8, 2019
In December, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for campaign finance violations, lying to Congress, and tax evasion. In court, Cohen said, “I felt it was my duty to cover up [Trump’s] dirty deeds.”
President Trump’s rhetoric on the women with whom he allegedly had affairs has constantly evolved. In April of 2018, he said aboard Air Force One that he didn’t know about the payments to Stephanie Clifford — the adult film star who goes by the name “Stormy Daniels.”
But, eventually, that changed and Cohen even produced checks signed by Trump which were allegedly for the payments to Clifford. On Thursday, Trump seemingly admitted to the affair and the payoff in a tweet, writing that the hush money payments were not “campaign contributions.”
It was not a campaign contribution, and there were no violations of the campaign finance laws by me. Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2019
Cohen has asked Trump’s attorneys about the possibility of a pardon, according to his lawyers. Cohen’s current lawyer said that, in 2018, he had asked his attorneys to “explore possibilities of a pardon at one point with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as other lawyers advising President Trump.”
Unlike most presidents, Trump has dished out pardons to loyalists early in his administration. He’s pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Dinesh D’Souza, both of whom are vocal Trump supporters.