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Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis: My client has info about Trump ‘that should be of interest’ to Mueller

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  • Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen’s attorney, says his client
    has information “that should be of interest” to special counsel
    Robert Mueller, following his plea deal with federal
    prosecutors.
  • “Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that
    should be of interest to the special counsel, and is more than
    happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows,” Davis
    said during an interview on MSNBC.
  • In a later interview on CNN, Davis suggested Cohen’s
    tenure under Trump’s wing entitled him to details that have yet
    to be revealed to Mueller and his broader Russia
    probe.

Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen’s attorney, says his client has
information “that should be of interest” to special counsel
Robert Mueller, following his plea deal with federal
prosecutors on Tuesday.

Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of
bank fraud, one count of making an unlawful corporate
contribution, and one count of making an illegal campaign finance
contribution.

Cohen claimed that his campaign finance violations, related to a
$130,000 payment made to the porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange
for her silence — were made “at the direction of the candidate”
with “the purpose of influencing the election.” Davis confirmed
that candidate was Trump.

“Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of
interest to the special counsel, and is more than happy to tell
the special counsel all that he knows,” Davis said during an
interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

In a later interview on CNN, Davis suggested Cohen’s tenure in
Trump’s inner circle made him privy to details that have yet to
be revealed to Mueller and the broader Russia probe.

“Michael Cohen, being a lawyer for Donald Trump for many, many
years, knows almost everything about Mr. Trump,” Davis said.

Cohen’s plea deal with prosecutors does not so far include a
cooperation agreement.

Legal experts say that could be for one of two reasons: either
Cohen chose not to cooperate, or prosecutors do not feel that he
has enough information to offer them in exchange for a further
reduction in sentence.

The longtime former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer said
Tuesday that if Cohen chose not to cooperate, it may be because
he is still holding out for a pardon from Trump.

“If Cohen flips on Trump, that pardon flies out the window,”
Cramer said.

But Davis’s comments to Maddow suggest his client may still be
angling for a better plea deal by making it clear he has
information of value to Mueller.

Cohen is currently a subject of interest in several threads of
the Russia investigation, including the Trump Organization’s push
to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, the creation of a
Russia-friendly “peace plan” during the early days of Trump’s
presidency, and his potential involvement in an unconfirmed trip
to Prague during the summer of 2016 to meet with Kremlin-linked
officials.

Last month, it also emerged that Cohen said Trump knew
in advance about a Russian lawyer’s offer to the Trump campaign
of dirt on then Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the
2016 election.

CNN, citing sources with knowledge of the
matter, reported that Cohen
claims he was one of several people who were present when Donald
Trump Jr. informed Trump of the offer. Cohen reportedly says that
Trump greenlit the meeting after hearing about it from his
son.

If Cohen gives Mueller information of value, the special counsel
could then push for a reduction in his sentence.

Cohen was released on a $500,000 bond and is scheduled for
sentencing on December 12.

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