Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Talks Recent Pardon Spree

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Michael Cohen has predicted that President Donald Trump’s pardon spree may be his downfall once he’s handed the presidency over to President-elect Joe Biden.

During an interview with MSNBC on Monday, Cohen was asked to give his thoughts on Trump’s recent pardons, which include Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, his son-in-laws father. ‘Do I think any of these people should be receiving pardons? Absolutely not,’ Cohen said. ‘I would have received one had I agreed not to come out, not to speak truth to power.’ Cohen then predicted how the last few weeks of Trump’s presidency will play out. ‘That’s when he’ll probably try to drop the pardon power for Jared, Don, Ivanka, Eric, Allen Weisselberg , whoever he thinks will possibly get a federal indictment,’ Cohen said. He then said that such pardons could produce ‘a very significant problem for Donald Trump in the fact that once you receive that pardon power, once you get that pardon, you’re no longer able to invoke the Fifth Amendment, your right against self-incrimination, because you cannot be charged’.

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Cohen added: ‘So all of these people may ultimately be his downfall,’ Cohen added, ‘simply because they’ll be testifying against him, either for a court or a tribunal’.  Full story here

Note: Charles Kushner is a disbarred American former attorney and real estate developer. He founded Kushner Companies in 1985.

A pardon is a government decision to allow a person to be relieved of some or all of the legal consequences resulting from a criminal conviction. A pardon may be granted before or after conviction for the crime, depending on the laws of the jurisdiction.

Pardons can be granted in many countries when individuals are deemed to have demonstrated that they have “paid their debt to society”, or are otherwise considered to be deserving of them. Pardons are sometimes offered to persons who were either wrongfully convicted or who claim that they were wrongfully convicted. In some jurisdictions of some nations, accepting a pardon may implicitly constitute an admission of guilt; the offer is refused in some cases. Cases of wrongful conviction are in recent times more often dealt with by appeal rather than by pardon; however, a pardon is sometimes offered when innocence is undisputed in order to avoid the costs that are associated with a retrial. Clemency plays a critical role when capital punishment is applied.

Pardons are sometimes seen as a mechanism for combating corruption, allowing a particular authority to circumvent a flawed judicial process to free someone that is seen as wrongly convicted. Pardons can also be a source of controversy. In extreme cases, some pardons may be seen as acts of corruption by officials in the form of granting effective immunity as political favors.

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